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Coast Guard working oil leak in Rattle Snake Bayou

Posted at 4:54 PM, Dec 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-09 17:54:32-05

The Coast Guard is responding to an oil discharge near Port Sulphur Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the National Response Center that a crude oil well in Rattle Snake Bayou, southwest of Port Sulphur, was reported to be leaking.

The amount discharged has not been determined; the well is rated to produce 5,476 gallons of oil per day. It is unknown when the discharge began.

The leak has not been stopped as of 5 p.m. Sunday.

Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lora Ratliff
U.S. Coast Guard District 8

Hilcorp, the owner of the well, has contracted ES&H as an oil spill response organization. ES&H currently has 4 response boats and 13 personnel conducting containment and cleanup operations. Wild Well Control has been contracted to work on securing the source.

Hilcorp also contracted an overflight of the incident; a Coast Guard helicopter conducted an aerial assessment as well.

Also involved in the response are:

  • Plaquemines Parish Sherriff’s Department
  • Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

The Coast Guard has issued a Safety Marine Information Broadcast to inform boaters in the area of the spill.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.