Coast Guard and Shell continue response to offshore spill

BSEE LogoNEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard and Shell continue joint efforts to respond to a discharge of oil from a segment of flow line at the Glider Field located approximately 90 miles south of Timbalier Island, Louisiana, that occurred at approximately 11 a.m., Thursday.

On water recovery vessels are searching for oil that can be safely recovered via skimming. Five on-water recovery vessels have been mobilized and have recovered 23, 772 gallons of oily-water mixture.

An estimated 88,200 gallons of crude oil was discharged. Shell has shut-in production at the Glider Field. The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office and the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security have been notified and remain engaged.

The Coast Guard and Shell have mobilized 137 personnel for unified response efforts.

Shell contracted air resources have been mobilized to provide aerial assessment of the affected area. The reported trajectory is in a westerly direction with no expected shoreline impact at this time.

The Coast Guard and Shell jointly agreed that using on-water recovery vessels and skimming is the safest and most effective oil recovery option at this time.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) remains involved and is leading an investigation to determine the cause of the release.

There have been no reported impacts to wildlife.

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