Coast Guard responds to Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area crude oil discharge

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The Coast Guard responded to a crude oil discharge in Pass A Loutre Wildlife Management Area on Monday after watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report at 4:30 p.m. Sunday of crude oil leaking from a storage tank.

The tank is owned by Whitney Oil and Gas, which is working with the Coast Guard determine the actual amount discharged.

The discharge was contained before all of the tank’s contents entered the water, and the remaining crude oil was drained from the crude oil tank, securing the source of discharge.

There is three hundred feet of containment boom, one oil skimmer and two oil spill response boats on scene.

OMI Environmental Solutions was contracted as the Oil Spill Response Organization to clean up the spill.

There are no reports of impacts to wildlife at this time.

“The Coast Guard is committed to working alongside federal partners for the duration of the spill,” Capt. Kristi Luttrell of Coast Guard Sector New Orleans said. “A main priority is to mitigate potential affects to critical wildlife in the area.”

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