Coast Guard responds to oil spill in Oyster Bay

MORGAN CITY, La. – The U.S. Coast Guard along with Environmental Safety and Health are responding to a pollution spill in Locust Bayou near Point Au Fer, La., Thursday.

The National Response Center notified the Coast Guard of an oil sheen reported by a good Samaritan in the waters of Oyster Bay. The source of the oil reportedly originated from an above-ground storage facility owned by Energy 21.

The initial assessment estimates the amount of oil released was approximately 2,400 gallons of light crude on to the platform of the tank.

From the 2,400 gallons released, approximately 500 gallons spilled into the waterway.

Energy 21 has contracted ES & H to clean up the spill. ES & H has deployed shallow-draft vessels, skimmers and containment boom to contain and clean up the spill.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City is investigating the cause of the incident.

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