Efforts Continue on Tammany Pipeline Spill

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – Efforts are continuing toward the repair of the Tammany Oil & Gas pipeline that ruptured Monday off of McFaddin Beach, Texas.

Today’s operations included the divers removing a three-inch thick covering of concrete around the southern leak area of the pipeline. The area must then be prepared for the installation of a pipe clamp that will be placed around the ruptured area of the pipe. The pollution dome remains at the repair site to collect any released oil.

After the completion of the southern-most leak site, the divers will move on to begin similar repairs on the northern leak.

The motor vessel Grand, a jack-up rig, is on scene with two Coast Guard MSU Port Arthur personnel, dive support, and repair materials. The motor vessels Timbliar Bay and Ampol Responder are on scene actively picking up oil with absorbent pads, skimmers and booms as the offshore weather permits. Oil Mop (OMI) is on standby and ready for potential oil cleanup on the beach. Texas General Land Office (TGLO) and MSU Port Arthur personnel continue to conduct helicopter overflights for directing skimming operations and to monitor any movement of the discharged oil. Shoreline beach assessment patrols will resume tomorrow.

The safety zone around the incident site is still in effect. Vessels traveling near this area are cautioned to keep a safe distance from the response site to ensure the safety of their vessel and the waterway.

The Unified Command consists of Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, O’Brien’s Group, and the Texas General Land Office.

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