Coast Guard, partners successfully oversee recovery of ruptured well-head leak

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The Coast Guard and partners have successfully overseen the recovery of a ruptured well-head leak, which occurred in Sabine Lake, on Nov. 18, 2008.

A unified command consisting of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas General Land Office, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordination Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Sabine National Wildlife Refuge and the well owner Ballard Exploration all participated in the clean up of the ruptured well-head leak.

Following shoreline and overflight assessments by unified command representatives, it was determined that no visible recoverable product remained. Although recovery operations have been completed, the unified command is standing by to investigate any future reports of oil in the water and respond accordingly.

It is estimated that a total of 840 gallons of oil have been recovered or accounted for from the waterway. Recovery efforts include the placement of 2,400 feet of boom and the mobilization of 14 boats, one aircraft and 55 response personnel.

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