Coast Guard responds to report of sheen on Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to a report of a sheen, Wednesday, on the lower Mississippi River near Fort Adams, Miss.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Coast Guard Cutter Greenbrier, at about 10:30 a.m., of a sheen near mile marker 312 in the vicinity of Clark Creek on the lower Mississippi River.

Pollution investigators, who conducted overflights of the affected area, estimate the size of the sheen to be approximately 17 miles in length.

The amount spilled is unknown, but is believed to be a petroleum-based product.

The responsible party has been identified as El Toro Production Co. Inc. of Natchez, Miss.

The Coast Guard is working with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Pointe Coupee and West Feliciana Parish Sheriff’s Departments to mitigate environmental impact.

The Coast Guard has contracted OMI Environmental Solutions as a mobile contractor to conduct assessments and potential removal operations and WT Drilling Company Inc. has been contracted as the oil spill response organization.

Pollution response teams have deployed both hard and sorbent boom to minimize impacts to the affected area near Clark Creek.

There are no reports of impact to wildlife.

“The responsible party took initial action in response to the incident, and our responders arrived on scene to ensure the adequacy of the cleanup,” said Lt. Jonathan Mangum, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge. “We are partnering with the Environmental Protection Agency, state agencies and local emergency managers to mitigate impacts.”

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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