Cleanup and recovery of crude oil in Mississippi River complete

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The unified command has announced that the cleanup and recovery operations for the Louisiana sweet crude oil that spilled into the Mississippi River following a vessel collision have been completed.

The amount spilled is estimated to be 6,813 gallons out of the 839,470 gallons being carried by the tank barge at the time of the incident. The tank barge was offloaded on Sunday, Feb. 19th, at Plains Marketing Terminal, and then relocated to a repair yard in Westwego where approximately 3,066 gallons of oil were removed from the void space surrounding the breached cargo tank, lowering the final estimate of oil spilled.

Through the course of the operations, contractors hired for the response collected approximately 165 cubic yards of oiled debris and sorbents. Response crews deployed 4,700 feet of hard containment boom in an effort to minimize environmental damage.

“This was a very aggressive response to what could have been a much larger spill. I appreciate the strong partnership between federal, state and local agencies, Settoon Towing and response contractors, which made our job of protecting people, property and the environment much easier,” said Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Pete Gautier.

A unified command comprising of members from the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Settoon Towing was established to respond to the spill.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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