Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality responds to motor oil spill into Tangipahoa River

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Tangipahoa River oil spill SOURCE: WDSU

The source is a petroleum products packaging, storage and manufacturing site in Roseland

ROSELAND, La. (WDSU) – The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality reports it is responding to a motor oil spill into the Tangipahoa River.

Viewers contacted WDSU Friday afternoon and shared photos and video that show an oily sheen on the river’s surface and in a ditch that leads to the river.

A DEQ spokesman identified the source of the oil as the Smitty’s Supply facility in Roseland.

The manufacturing, storage and packaging site handles a variety of petroleum products.

The amount of oil spill was not yet known, DEQ Press Secretary Greg Langley said.

A containment boom has been placed in Tangipahoa River near Independence, where a rainbow sheen was visible on the water during daylight hours.

An additional boom was placed where the outfall ditch from the Smitty’s Supply site meets the river, Langley said.

Cleanup efforts were paused at 6 p.m. Friday, and the DEQ will use a drone camera and an airboat Saturday to see if any additional oil needs to removed, he added.

Smitty’s Supply has contracted with Oil Mop Inc. to clean up the spill, according to the DEQ.

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