Coast Guard response to oily substance near Venice continues

Coast Guard 8th District News
NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues to respond to the report of an oily substance in Breton Sound near Venice.

An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., conducted an overflight assessment and located a sheen one mile by 200 yards in length near north Breton Island, Thursday.

Responding agencies are:

  • Coast Guard Sector New Orleans;
  • U.S. Coast Guard National Strike Force Gulf Strike Team from Mobile Ala.;
  • Oil Mop;
  • Environmental Safety and Health;
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Oil Mop has deployed containment boom for shoreline protection along the island where various species of birds are located. Three barge boats and two workboats are currently on scene.

There are no reports of shoreline impact.

A sample of the oily substance has been collected and sent to a lab for analysis.

Both the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement are investigating the incident and the source of the oily substance has not yet been determined.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the initial notification from a fisherman at approximately 7 a.m., Wednesday, reporting an oily substance two miles southeast of Baptiste Collette Pass.

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