Posted on September 17, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The United States Coast Guard (USCG) responded to an oil sheen that was observed off of New Orleans, Louisiana during the afternoon hours of Wednesday the 11th of September.
The spill was first spotted on the Mississippi River, between mile markers 95 and 96, close to city of New Orleans. The sheen was initially noticed by a USCG Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew during a routine flight.
In response six oil spill response boats have been dispatched to the scene, alongside a number of USCG shoreline assessment teams whose goal is to asses and recover the oil product that was washed ashore along the shoreline.
So far, over fifteen hundred feet of boom have been deployed in order to contain the oil slick.
Responsible for the clean-up operation is the company OMI Environmental Solutions, who have been contracted in order to contain and safely recover the oil products.
Initial assessments suggest that the environmental impact of the oil slick on the shoreline will be minimal; OMI Environmental Solutions are working with the USCG in order to further minimize the effect that the slick will have on the surrounding biosystem.
It is not yet clear what is the cause behind the oil spill, or what party is indeed responsible.