Coast Guard, local agencies respond to Breton Sound oil discharge

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The Coast Guard responded to an oil sheen in Breton Sound, Block 37, Monday caused by a damaged and inactive wellhead owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Company.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the National Response Center at 11:20 a.m. Sunday of a 10-mile by 3-mile oil sheen northeast of Breton Island.

The well is intermittently discharging a mixture of oil, water, and mud. 

A construction crew and source control engineers were on-site Monday to secure the well and remove the potential for further discharge. 

The Oil Spill Response Organizations working to clean up the spill are OMI Environmental Solutions, American Pollution Control Corporation and Clean Gulf Associates.

Seven response boats from OMI Environmental Solutions and Clean Gulf Associates are on scene conducting containment and recovery operations, with 84 gallons of oily water mixture reportedly recovered.

Five thousand feet of boom is deployed on the northwest corner and south of Breton Island to contain and prevent the spread of the discharge. It also serves to mitigate any potential impacts to the shoreline and to wildlife in the area.

There are no reports of impacted wildlife at this time.

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