Coast Guard schedules in-situ burn for oil discharge in Cox Bay

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, and Time Energy LLC schedules an in-situ burn to mitigate the impact of an oil discharge near Cox Bay, Louisiana, August 16, 2019. When conducted properly, in situ burning significantly reduces the amount of oil on the water and minimizes the adverse effect of the oil on the environment. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin McMahan)

A unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, and Time Energy LLC has scheduled an in-situ burn to mitigate the impact of an oil discharge near Cox Bay, Louisiana. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Devin McMahan)

NEW ORLEANS — The unified command for the oil discharge in Cox Bay, Louisiana, is scheduled, weather dependent, to conduct an in-situ burn Wednesday. A secondary burn day is scheduled for the next day if weather delays operations.

The unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, and Time Energy LLC have scheduled the in-situ burn for 8 a.m., and is estimated to last until 4 p.m.

In-situ site burning is one of several response options aimed at reducing environmental impact when responding to spills in marshland habitats.

Key federal agencies including Regional Response Group 6 were consulted, and concurred that an in-situ burn was the best technique to safely address the threat and mitigate impact from the oil discharge.

There is no reported impact on wildlife.

The original report of the spill is available here.


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