Coast Guard establishes unified command to respond to allision, pipeline fire south of New Orleans

Coast Guard establishes unified command to respond to allision, pipeline fire south of New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS — Responders continued to monitor and prepare salvage, firefighting and pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday. The fire reportedly has reduced in size by approximately 30 percent, and there are no reports of oil in the water. Visual imagery intially indicated potential pockets of crude oil; however,...

Coast Guard responds to report of crude oil in Mississippi River

Coast Guard responds to report of crude oil in Mississippi River
NEW ORLEANS — A unified command has been established in response to a report of crude oil in the lower Mississippi River near mile marker 434 in Vicksburg, Miss., Sunday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Lower Mississippi River received notification at 1:30 a.m., reporting that two tank barges, towed by the tug Nature’s Way Endeavor, allided with the Vicksburg Railroad river bridge. ...

Coast Guard responding to crude oil spill in Highland Bayou

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency and Texas General Land Office are responding to a report of crude oil in Highland Bayou, near Hitchcock, Thursday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at 9 a.m. from the National Response Center that an oil and waste water tank, owned by Dune Energy, released approximately 84,000 gallons of oil and...

Coast Guard and local agencies respond to Barataria Bay oil discharge

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard, in coordination with other state and local agencies, have completed cleanup operations in Barataria Bay following the release of crude oil from a pipeline. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification at approximately 7 a.m., Saturday, that a pipeline owned by Plains All American Pipeline released approximately 150-200 barrels of oil. The pipeline...

Coast Guard responds to report of crude oil in Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — A unified command has been established in response to a report of crude oil in the lower Mississippi River, near mile marker 139, approximately 50 miles upriver of New Orleans, Friday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received notification at 1:58 a.m., reporting that a construction barge, towed by the tug Alydar, and a tank barge, towed by the motor vessel Clarence...

Coast Guard responds to partial collapse of retaining wall in Texas City

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a partially collapsed retaining wall at Enterprise dock 11 in the Port of Texas City, Wednesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report that a 150-foot section of the retaining wall at dock 11 had partially collapsed at 11:30 a.m. Two pipelines containing 1,000 barrels of crude oil are threatened. Crews are removing...

Coast Guard pollution investigators respond to oil spill on California platform

CHANNEL ISLANDS HARBOR, Calif. – The Coast Guard received a report of approximately 63 gallons of contained crude oil from Platform Gail at approximately 2 p.m., Friday. A Coast Guard Air Station Los Angeles MH-65C Dolphin helicopter was launched with a pollution investigator aboard. Additionally, a Coast Guard Station Channel Islands Harbor 47-foot motor life boat was launched with pollution investigators...

Oil Tanker Eagle Tucson Runs Aground at Mouth of Mississippi River

NEW ORLEANS — A grounded tank vessel is currently blocking deep-draft shipping traffic near the mouth of the Lower Mississippi River. The Coast Guard is responding and monitoring efforts to free the vessel from ground. At this time, 35-foot draft or less vessels are allowed to transit past the grounded vessel one at a time.