Coast Guard responds after dredge strikes pipeline in Louisiana

65 New OrleansNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to an oil discharge near Bay Long, Louisiana, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 10:09 a.m. that approximately 5,300 gallons of crude oil leaked from a pipeline own by Harvest Pipeline Company after it was struck by a Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company vessel that was conducting excavation operations.

The pipeline is reported as secured.

ECM Maritime Services, an oil spill response organization, has been contracted Great Lakes Dredge and Dock company to manage clean-up operations. An Incident Command Post is being established in Grand Isle to manage response operations.

Environmental Safety & Health has deployed approximately 3,000 feet of hard-boom. 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.

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