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Coast Guard working crude discharge near Galliano

Posted at 4:51 PM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 19:12:33-04

The Coast Guard is responding to a crude oil discharge from the Bowley Cap Facility in Lake Bully Bonds near Galliano today.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma received a National Response Center report of approximately 2,100 gallons of crude oil going into a marshy area near the Bowley Cap Facility due to a mechanical failure at the facility.

The source of the discharge has been secured, Coast Guard officials say.

A pollution response team from Marine Safety Unit Houma and a Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office representative deployed to the facility to work with other responding agencies to coordinate clean-up operations, officials say.

Clean-up operations are underway to recover the spilled product. Containment boom, lined with sorbent boom, has been deployed to contain the spill. Three drum skimmers are engaged in skimming operations. Recovery operations are scheduled to continue until sunset and resume tomorrow morning, officials say.

Involved in the response are:

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The cause of the incident is under investigation.