Cleanup of oil discharge in Bayou Dupont complete

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The cleanup of a crude oil discharge in Bayou Dupont and north Barataria Bay has been completed following six months of clean up and recovery operations.

The Coast Guard recovered approximately 5,904 barrels of oily liquid, 500 cubic yards of oiled debris and 250 barrels of free floating oil from the site in Bayou Dupont, near Wilkinson Canal in Jefferson Parish. Response crews secured the source of all three leak sites, two of which were discovered during the initial response to the report, and have completed the plugging and abandonment operations for all 10 wells associated with the facility.

In total, 40 Coast Guard personnel and 85 contract personnel responded to the incident. In addition to Coast Guard Sector New Orleans responders, Coast Guard personnel from Sector Anchorage, Sector Charleston, Sector Jacksonville, Sector Key West, Sector San Diego, Sector St. Petersburg, Sector Upper Mississippi River, Marine Safety Unit Morgan City, Marine Safety Unit Paducah, Marine Safety Unit Texas City and the Gulf Strike Team responded to the incident.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reported no impacts to wildlife. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coast Guard, Jefferson Parish and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality personnel evaluated impacts to the marsh.

“We found this well field in very poor condition, with pipes that had ruptured and wells that could have leaked at any moment,” said Peter Gautier, commander of Sector New Orleans, “With our agency partners, we’ve cleaned up a delicate marsh and have made sure that these wells will not spill oil again.”

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report, Sept. 11, 2011, of a pipeline from a platform that was leaking crude oil into Bayou Dupont and north Barataria Bay. The Unified Command comprising of Coast Guard, NOAA, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Louisiana State Police, LADEQ , LAWLF, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs responded.

Under authority provided by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Coast Guard issued an administrative order to Cedyco Corporation, last documented owner of the facility, to secure the source of the discharge and to conduct clean-up operations. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund was opened to provide monetary support for all federal clean-up operations. OMI Environmental Solutions, Inc., an oil spill removal organization, was contracted for clean-up operations and Wild Well Control, Inc., was contracted to facilitate the operations to flush the flow lines at the facility and conduct the plugging and abandonment of all 10 wells.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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