Coast Guard continues response to crude oil leak in Bayou Dupont

Coast Guard 8th District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues the response to a report of a crude oil discharge in Bayou Dupont and north Barataria Bay, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is coordinating response efforts with Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 2:05 p.m., Sunday, from a Plaquemine’s Parish operator, that a pipeline from a platform was leaking crude oil into Bayou Dupont and north Barataria Bay. During the investigation of the report, a second leak was located in a two-inch flow line attached to a wellhead associated with this platform.

The platform and associated wellheads are classified as orphaned by LDNR with the last owner of record listed as Cedyco Corp. Under authority provided by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Coast Guard issued an administrative order to Cedyco to secure the source of the discharge and to conduct cleanup operations. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened to provide monetary support for any federal clean-up operations. The Coast Guard has contracted Oil Mop, an oil spill removal organization, for clean-up operations.

Response crews have secured the source of the first reported discharge. They have also reduced the flow from the leak in the 2-inch flow line, and are working to fully secure it.

The Coast Guard and State of Louisiana officials are on scene investigating other potential leaks and overseeing the operations of the OSRO. Oil containment and clean-up operations are ongoing as 3,000 feet of containment boom is deployed to minimize the environmental impact. Oil skimming and recovery operations continue with three skimmers currently on scene.
LAWLF is on scene to assess any impacts to wildlife. There are currently no reports of impacts to wildlife.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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