Unified Command continues oil spill response near New Orleans

Posted at 12:44 AM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 01:44:58-04

(PRESS RELEASE) A Unified Command is continuing cleanup efforts for shorelines, facilities and vessels between Nashville Wharf and mile marker 77 on the Mississippi River near New Orleans on Saturday.

The Unified Command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Gallagher Marine Systems, and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

Crews are scheduled to clean affected rock shoreline areas between Woldenberg Park and Governor Nichols Street Wharf Sunday, using high-powered water and steam. The Unified Command is advising the public to stay clear of cleanup operations.

Crews have recovered approximately 11,500 gallons of liquid waste and about 348 cubic yards of solid waste.

Wildlife response teams have recovered and are rehabilitating one Drake Mallard duck and two ducklings.

Currently, the Unified Command has deployed 140 people, 30 vessels, six skimmers and 2,900 feet of containment boom in response to the incident.