Coast Guard Responds to Louisiana Oil Sheen

MORGAN CITY, La. – Wednesday, the Coast Guard, BP and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) responded to a sheen that washed up on the beach near Port Fourchon, La. The Coast Guard along with BP conducted over flights that revealed a sheen emanating from the vicinity of a submerged platform in the Grand Isle 47 area, approximately 12-miles offshore Louisiana.

Although the source of the sheen has not yet been definitively determined, BP has ongoing decommissioning activities in the area. A unified command post has been established and joint response operations are being coordinated between the Coast Guard, BP and LOSCO.

The submerged platform in the Grand Isle 47 area was one of 115 production platforms damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, which are systematically being decommissioned by their industry owners. Estimates from BP indicate approximately 13 barrels of oil have been discharged. Various resources, consisting of oil skimming and collection devices, oil recovery vessels, absorbent boom deployment vessels, shoreline response personnel and aviation assets are on scene in response to this incident.

The cause and source of the leak is under investigation.

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