Response continues for the Port Sulphur well discharge

A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and Hilcorp Energy continues to respond to a well that discharged a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, December 12, 2018. Shown here are workers conducting source control on the well and clean up operations. – Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Cardwell, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

A Unified Command continues to respond to a well that discharged a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, December 12, 2018. Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Melissa Cardwell, Coast Guard Sector New Orleans.

NEW ORLEANS – A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office and Hilcorp Energy continues to respond to a well that discharged a mixture of crude oil, gas, and water near Port Sulphur, Louisiana, Wednesday.

The Coast Guard and Hilcorp are both conducting aerial assessments of the area. Source control crews have controlled the leak, and continue to work to repair the well in attempt to prevent further discharging.

Approximately 11,000 feet of hard boom has been deployed. Approximately 4,830 gallons of oily water mixture have been recovered so far. There are 116 oil spill response personnel on scene conducting containment and clean-up operations.

Assets being utilized include:

  • Ten response vessels
  • Five work boats
  • Ten marco skimming vessels
  • Two drum skimmers
  • Ten airboats
  • Three drone packages

Also involved in the response are:

  • Plaquemines Parish Sherriff’s Department
  • Plaquemines Office of Environmental Management
  • Environmental Safety and Health
  • Forefront Emergency Management
  • OMI Environmental Solutions
  • Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team
  • Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
  • Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration

Birds were observed in the affected area but were not able to be captured. The Louisiana Department of ildlife and Fisheries is conducting wildlife response operations.

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

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


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