Coast Guard plans burn for oil discharge in marshland


The Coast Guard’s unified command plans to conduct an in-situ burn Wednesday for the oil discharge in Cox Bay, weather dependent. A secondary burn day is scheduled for the next day if weather delays operations.

The unified command consisting of the Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, and Time Energy LLC have scheduled the in-situ burn for 8 a.m., and is estimated to last until 4 p.m.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report from the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office Thursday morning of an oil discharge in Cox Bay in Breton Sound.

The owner of the flowline, Time Energy, reports that the source of the leak has been secured. 

OMI Environmental Solutions, the contracted oil spill response organization, has put out approximately 300 feet of boom around the impacted area. 

A MN-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans conducted an overflight and observed a 200-yard by 30-foot unrecoverable oil sheen emanating from the marsh surrounding the discharge source. An estimated 200-foot by 600-foot area of marshland has been impacted. 

In-situ site burning is one of several response options aimed at reducing environmental impact when responding to spills in marshland habitats.

Key federal agencies including Regional Response Group 6 were consulted, and concurred that an in-situ burn was the best technique to safely address the threat and mitigate impact from the oil discharge.

There is no reported impact on wildlife.

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