After Pipeline Spill, Oily Water Recovered

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 @ 10:09 AM gHale


Over 6,000 gallons of oily water ended up recovered at the site of a spill near Louisiana’s Bay Long, the Coast Guard said Sunday.

Workers were repairing the damaged section of a pipeline that released 5,300 gallons of crude oil Sept. 4, the Coast Guard said.

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Crews also were trying to safely capture and treat roughly 200 oiled birds around the Cheniere Ronquille Barrier Island and East Grand Terre Island. At least 11 birds and one sea turtle had been collected as of Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

The spill was the result of a contractor working on an environmental restoration project funded after BP’s massive 2010 oil spill.

An excavating marsh buggy operated by a subcontractor for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. accidentally cut through a pipeline owned by Harvest Pipeline Company.

The $36 million barrier island reconstruction project ended up funded by part of the $1 billion that BP made available for early Natural Resource Damage Assessment projects a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig caught fire and sank in April 2010, releasing millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

The Coast Guard said more than 150 people, 25 boats, seven skimmers and more than 12,000 feet of boom have been deployed to contain and recover oil.