Mobile Ship Channel Oil Spill Cleanup Continues

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. – Booming and oil recovery operations in the Mobile Ship Channel continued, Wednesday, following a spill that occurred at the Gulf Coast Asphalt facility, here, Sept. 1, 2011. The temporary safety zone that was in place between Three Mile Creek and the south end of the Mobile Convention Center has expired. Vessel traffic transiting this part of the river is encouraged to proceed with minimal wake.

Favorable weather conditions enabled the continuation of safe and manageable clean-up operations on the Mobile Ship Channel. Response workers deployed an additional 10,000 feet of boom to contain areas where oil has collected in an effort to keep it from interfering with ship traffic and to minimize its impact on the environment.

“Safety of our responders remains a priority,” said Capt. Don Rose, Federal on Scene Coordinator. “Improving weather, wind and water conditions have allowed us to fully deploy our response assets to continue the clean up and recovery operations.”

Gulf Coast Asphalt has been working in conjunction with Oil Spill Response Organizations to contain and clean up the spill.

Approximately 31,900 feet of containment boom is now deployed as well as 13 drum skimmers, one Marco skimmer, 15 vacuum trucks and 68 vessels have been assigned to assist in clean up operations.

To report oiled wildlife, contact the unified command wildlife group at 713-705-5897. For information on transiting the safety zone contact Coast Guard Sector Mobile at 251-441-5670. To report oil sightings contact the National Response Center 1-800-424-8802.

For up-to-date port and river information go to www.homeport.uscg.mil. For information concerning vessel decontamination call 251-441-5201. For claims due to damages associated with this spill call 1-866-450-9214.

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