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Coast Guard working oil discharge near North Pass

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 14:50:43-04

The Coast Guard and state agencies are responding to an oil discharge in North Pass.

Coast Guard officials were called around 8:20 a.m. Monday about oil discharged from a pipeline seal owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co. in North Pass.

The oil spill response organizations OMI Environmental Solutions and American Pollution Control Group were contracted to conduct cleanup operations.

Eight thousand feet of containment boom and 6,000 feet of sorbent boom have been deployed to control the discharge. Twenty response personnel, three response boats, three wash pumps, and one oil skimmer are on scene to control the discharge.

An estimated 840 gallons of oil was released into the marsh and surrounding waterway.

The source of the discharge has been secured.

There is currently a report of one oiled bird at the site.

"We are committed to minimizing environmental impacts from this discharge" said Capt. Kristi Luttrell, the Sector New Orleans commander. "The Coast Guard is working alongside state and federal partners to ensure any further impacts to wildlife in the area are mitigated."

Involved in the response are:

  • Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Incident Management Division
  • Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Fish and Wildlife
  • Texas Petroleum Investment Co.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association

The cause of the incident is under investigation.