Investigation into Bayou Dupont crude oil leak continues

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, Sunday.

The Coast Guard has determined that approximately 2,016 gallons of oil have been recovered from the site of the oil discharge in Bayou Dupont, near Wilkinson Canal in Jefferson Parish.

Response crews have secured the source of the first reported discharge and the second leak has ceased discharging. A third leak was discovered, Wednesday, near the southwest corner of the site and is no longer actively discharging. Containment boom has been placed around the leak by response crews.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is coordinating response efforts with the 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 and Jefferson Parish Department of Environmental Affairs.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 2:05 p.m. last Sunday, from a Plaquemine’s Parish operator, that a pipeline from a platform was leaking crude oil into Bayou Dupont.

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 clean-up operations. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund has been opened to provide monetary support for any federal clean-up organizations. The Coast Guard contracted Oil Mop, an oil spill removal organization, for clean-up operations.

Approximately 13,080 feet of boom have been deployed to contain the oil and seven oil response boats, two skimmers and 59 personnel are on scene participating in the clean up.

LDWF is on scene to assess any impacts to wildlife. There are currently no reports of impacts to wildlife.

Other than the safety zone that was issued, there is no impact on fishing or recreational boating. All mariners are advised to avoid crossing boom or interfering with the response area and to avoid transiting through or fishing in any oiled areas. If oil sheen is spotted, it is requested that mariners report it to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.

The LADEQ does not expect there to be any effect on seafood.

Coast Guard investigators have concluded that the sheens, oiled pelicans and tarballs reported this week in other parts of Barataria Bay are not related to this spill. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

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