Coast Guard responds to fuel oil discharge near Norco, Louisiana

Posted at 7:32 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 20:32:11-04

A unified command is continuing its response to a heavy fuel oil discharge from a ship near Norco, Louisiana, Monday.

Coast Guard officials say an updated estimate of 1,400 gallons of fuel oil was leaked into the river; less than the previously reported 2,600 gallons. The source of the discharge is secured and the vessel is currently moored at the Shell Norco Manufacturing Complex.

The Unified Command conducted overflights, on-water and shoreline assessments and found shoreline impact. At present, the Unified Command has deployed 40 people and six vessels in response to the incident.

Air monitoring is being conducted along the impacted region, and air quality remains safe. There are no reports of injuries or wildlife impacts due to the incident and no waterway closures.

Unified Command is preparing for Tuesday’s clean-up efforts and no closures for that cleanup are expected.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.