Pipeline spill in Plaquemines Parish to be burned in-situ

In Situ burn

HMN-(NOLA.com) A spill from a pipeline was reported to the Coast Guard Thursday afternoon where over 1,260 gallons have already been cleaned.  The rest of the oil is set to be burned in-situ on Friday.

Contractors responding to a pipeline leak in marsh near Pointe a la Hache in lower Plaquemines Parish will use fire to remove the the majority of the oil on Friday (Dec. 1), the U.S. Coast Guard announced late Thursday.

The pipeline owned by XTO Energy was reported to be leaking to the Coast Guard at 2:40 p.m. Thursday. The initial report indicated that about 504 gallons of oil were discharged before the pipeline was secured, but by Thursday night, officials said they’d already removed 1,260 gallons of “product” through the use of boom, sorbent pads and skimmer packages.

The in-situ burn will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, and will monitored from the air.

Personnel from Teichman Group LLC, OMI Environmental Solutions, New Orleans, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinators Office, Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, and Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries are responding to the incident.

Coast Guard officials said there were no reported injuries and no waterway restrictions resulting from the spill. The cause of the pipeline leak is under investigation.

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