Oily-water cleanup operations in Johnson Pass complete

8th Coast Guard District NewsNEW ORLEANS — The unified command established in response to the oily-water discharge in Johnson Pass announced, Friday, that clean-up operations were complete.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report, Monday, Feb. 27, of an oily water discharge from a damaged wellhead in the Pass-a-Loutre Management Area of Johnson Pass.

The wellhead, owned by Dune Energy, was reportedly struck by a passing vessel that was transiting the area during heavy fog.

An estimated 1,638 gallons of oily water was released from the damaged wellhead during the incident. An estimated 175 cubic yards of oiled debris was collected during the response.

OMI Environmental Solutions, Inc., was hired as the oil spill response organization. Dune Energy also hired Wild Well Control, Inc., to assess and plug the damaged wellhead.

There were no reports of oiled or injured wildlife as a result of the incident.The unified command consisted of members of the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil spill Coordinator’s Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries and O’Brien’s Response Management on behalf of Dune Energy.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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