Crude oil spill causes 180-foot by 60-foot black sheen to cover the water’s surface near New Orleans

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The Coast Guard responded to a crude oil discharge near New Orleans after Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received a report Saturday morning that about 1,050 gallons of oil discharged into Garden Island Bay.

The report held that mechanical issues at the Whitney Oil and Gas Garden Island Bay Tank Battery facility caused the crude oil discharge, according to U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland.

Facility personnel shut down the pump that caused the discharge and isolated the line, securing the source of the spill.

The discharge caused a 180-foot by 60-foot black sheen to cover the water’s surface in Garden Island Bay.

Whitney Oil and Gas hired OMI Environmental Solutions to respond to the spill, and OMI has two skimmers, two boats and personnel working to recover the spilled product. The company recovered 420 gallons of oily water mixture so far, according to U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Heartland.

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