Coast Guard: more than 5,000 gallons of oil spills in the Gulf

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to an oil spill Monday off the coast of Bay Long, Louisiana.

Coast Guardsmen received a call just after 10 a.m. that about 5,300 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company. Authorities said the line was struck by a Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company vessel that was conducting an excavation operation.

The pipeline has since been secured.

The USCG said EMC Maritime Services, an oil spill response organization, has been contacted by Great Lakes Dredge and Dock company to manage clean-up. A command post is being established in Grand Isle to manage the response to the spill.

About 3,000 feet of hard boom has been installed by the department of Environmental Safety and Health. OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean Gulf Association are using sorbent material and skimmers to collect the oil. The Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are also overseeing the response.

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans aircrews have conducted aerial assessments of the site and surrounding areas.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.
 

(© 2016 WWL)


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