The US Coast Guard and local agencies are responding to a crude oil spill in Bay Jacques, Louisiana, which happened on Tuesday April 3. A crude oil storage tank developed a leak and caused an estimated 4,200 gallons of Louisiana crude oil to discharge.
US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Houma watchstanders received notification from Summit Oil and Gas, that a crude oil storage tank in Bay Jacques developed a leak and caused an estimated 4,200 gallons of Louisiana crude oil to discharge.
MSU Houma personnel arrived on scene and assessed the spill. MSU Houma are still on scene along with OMI Environmental Solutions, the oil spill response organization contracted by Summit Oil and Gas. Response personnel are assessing the impacted area and will perform manual recovery of the crude oil.
OMI Environmental Solutions is using containment boom, sorbent boom and pads around the facility to contain and collect oil. Three boats with response crews and two skimmers will conduct recovery operations.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is investigating potential impacts to wildlife, while the cause of the incident is under investigation.