Response continues for Rattle Snake Bayou oil release

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is continuing to respond to an active oil discharge near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, December 10, 2018. The Coast Guard is working with local and state agencies in response to the release. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans is continuing to respond to an active oil discharge near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, December 10, 2018.  U.S. Coast Guard photo

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard Sector New Orleans continues to respond to a well discharging a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, Monday. A Unified Command has been established consisting of the Coast Guard, Hilcorp, and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office.

Approximately 1,700 feet of hard boom has been deployed to contain the discharging oil, 2,000 feet of absorbent boom to collect it, and 630 gallons of oily water have been recovered so far.

Assets being utilized include:

  • Five response and oil recovery vessels
  • Four shoreline clean-up and assessment vessels
  • One drone-capable vessel

The Coast Guard and Hilcorp are both conducting aerial assessments of the area. Wild Well Control is on scene working to secure the source of the discharge. Also involved in the response are:

  • Plaquemines Parish Sherriff’s Department
  • Plaquemines Office of Environmental Management
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Hilcorp Energy has published a claims line for those impacted by the incident:

  • Claims Phone: (337) 216-4311
  • Claims Fax: (337) 216-4435

The cause of the incident is under investigation.


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