BATON ROUGE, La. — The Coast Guard, along with federal, state and local agencies, will monitor a controlled burn of an oil spill in the Bayou Sorrel area, Saturday.
The burn is a part of the cleanup operations in response to a ruptured pipeline at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel Facility.
On Jan. 9, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Baton Rouge received notification of a ruptured pipeline at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel facility, owned by ORB Exploration. The ruptured pipeline began discharging oil spilling an estimated 5,000 gallons of oil product before the leak was secured. The Coast Guard and Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office are currently supervising cleanup operations while ensuring that all safety and environmental concerns are met and the best strategies are utilized.
To date, approximately 1,750 gallons have already been contained and recovered successfully. In consideration of the isolated woodland marsh area, a controlled and purposeful burning of oil in the water will be conducted Saturday morning. The operations will be led and executed by American Pollution Control. This specific method will be used in order to effectively minimize the environmental impact.
“Several organizations spanning from federal to local coming together seamlessly to carefully solve this complex problem, with challenging variables like the remote area and inclement weather, is a true testament of professionalism and dedication to all of the organizations involved,” said Cmdr. Quincy Davis, commanding officer of MSU Baton Rouge. “We have proven that we are willing and able to do what needs to be done for the safety of our community and environment.”
The in-situ burn will last up to 24 hours, and all community members are urged to remain at least a half a mile mile away from the affected area. For more information in regards to this operation, please contact Lt. Victoria Saxon at 225-281-0109. Public questions or concerns about smoke overexposure should be directed to the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222.