Coast Guard to oversee in-situ burn near Delta Farms, Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is scheduled to oversee an in-situ burn for a crude oil discharge in Delta Farms, Louisiana, Monday.

Watchstanders at Marine Safety Unit Houma received the initial report of the oil discharge in an unnamed canal southwest of Bayou Perot at 1:30 p.m. on November 9th.

The source of the spill was determined to be from a flowline owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Company (TPIC).


Approximately 340 gallons of crude oil was discharged, and the source has been secured.

Containment boom was deployed to prevent the spread of oil; however, the oil is trapped within the floating marsh, in an area inaccessible for mechanical recovery.

In-situ burning involves the controlled burning of discharged oil. It is one of several response options aimed at reducing environmental impact when responding to spills in marshland habitats.

OMI Environmental Solutions and T&T Marine Salvage have been contracted to conduct the in-situ burn.

Operations are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. and is estimated to last until 3:30 p.m.

Involved in the response are:

  • Texas Petroleum Investment Company
  • Coast Guard Marine Safe Unit Houma
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team
  • Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Dulac
  • Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Morgan City
  • Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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