Coast Guard to oversee in-situ burn near Delta Farms


The Coast Guard was scheduled to oversee an in-situ burn for a crude oil discharge near Delta Farms Monday.

The source of the spill was a Texas Petroleum Investment Company flow line, which was secured after around 340 gallons of crude oil were discharged. The cause of the incident is under investigation.

Watchstanders at Marine Safety Unit Houma received a report of the spill in an unnamed canal southwest of Bayou Perot November 9 at 1:30 p.m.

Containment boom was deployed to prevent the spread of oil, but the oil is trapped within the floating marsh, an area inaccessible for mechanical recovery.  

In-situ burning involves the controlled burning of discharged oil, and it’s one of several response options aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of spills in marshland habitats.    

OMI Environmental Solutions and T&T Marine Salvage were contracted to conduct the in-situ burn.

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