Coast Guard responding to oil sheen on the Mississippi River near New Orleans

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station New Orleans observed an oily sheen on the Mississippi River between mile markers 95 and 96 near New Orleans, Sept. 11, 2019. The Coast Guard is working with an oil spill response organization to mitigate the impact of the discharge. (U.S Coast Guard courtesy asset)

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew from Air Station New Orleans observed an oily sheen on the Mississippi River between mile markers 95 and 96 near New Orleans, Sept. 11, 2019.  (U.S Coast Guard courtesy asset)

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is responding to an oil sheen that was observed on the Mississippi River between mile markers 95 and 96 in New Orleans, Wednesday.

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew observed a sheen on the water at 4:17 p.m. during a routine overflight.

The source and quantity of the sheen is unknown.

OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product.

Personnel from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans are on scene to evaluate the sheen and determine the next steps in the response effort.

The shoreline is projected to be minimally impacted; the Coast Guard is working with OMI Environmental Solutions to mitigate this impact.

The cause of this incident is under investigation.


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