Massive Oil Spill Clean Up Underway

Friday, September 16, 2005
Despite initial contentions that there were only two major oil spills in the wake of Katrina, details released by the U.S. Coast Guard indicate that the problem is much larger. According to the USCG, oil pollution containment and recovery operations continue in Southeast Louisiana resulting from the destructive force of Hurricane Katrina. The following information on each spill is current as of 5 p.m., September 15.

MAJOR SPILLS (Over 100,000 Gallons) -

Murphy Oil Corporation – Meraux, La., near mile marker 87 Mississippi River· On Monday equipment and personnel were doubled and are now working 24-hour operations · About 819,000 gallons of oil discharged · About 305,000 gallons of oil recovered · About 196,000 gallons contained · About 312,000 gallons evaporated · 113 people responding to spill · 4,800 feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 21 skimmers · 18 vacuum trucks · 37 additional response vehicles

Bass Enterprises Production Company – Cox Bay, La., near mile marker 35 Mississippi River· The product at the Bass Enterprises Production Company Cox Bay Facility is contained mechanically and naturally and is being recovered and pumped into barges for transport to reclamation facilities. Bass Enterprises Production Company appreciates the coordination and support of all of the state and federal agencies involved in the recovery process. · 3.78 million gallons of oil discharged · About 960,000 gallons of product recovered · About 2,026,000 gallons contained · About 982,000 gallons evaporated · 68 people responding to spill · 9,600-feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 11 skimmers · 47 response boats

Shell – Pilot Town, La., near mile marker 3 Mississippi River

· Vessels in the area must maintain slow speed, under 10 knots · About 1,051,000 gallons of oil discharged · About 718,000 gallons recovered · About 105,000 gallons evaporated or natural dispersion · About 129,000 gallons contained · About 87,000 gallons uncontained · 39 people responding to spill · 7000-feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 19 response boats and vehicles · Shell is assisting the local Parish with repairing the levee.

Chevron – Empire, La., near mile marker 30 Mississippi River· All pipeline personnel in Louisiana have been located and are safe. In addition to aggressive oil recovery, debris removal and cleanup efforts are also underway. These operations are in accordance with Chevron's Incident Action Plan, which are submitted and reviewed daily by the Coast Guard. Work continues on a comprehensive damage assessment to facilities, pumps, motors, piping, electrical, and control systems.About 991,000 gallons of oil released · About 983,000 gallons of oil naturally dispersed and evaporated · About 4,000 gallons recovered · About 3,600 gallons contained · 2,000-feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 127 emergency responders on site · 12 Barges · Boom feet assigned 2,000 · 12 Vessels · 7 Skimmers · 21 Pumps · Heavy Equipment · 2 Vacuum Trucks · 6 miscellaneous boats · 6 response boats

MEDIUM SPILL (10,000 to 100,000 Gallons)

Venice Energy Services Company (Dynegy) – Venice, La., near Pass Tante Phine at the main channel of the Mississippi River· About 25,000 gallons discharged · 4,800 gallons of oil recovered · About 840,000 gallons potential discharge enclosed in bermed and boomed area · 20 people responding to spill · 2,800 feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 4 boats and 2 skimmers deployed · 6 pumps operating

Sundown Energy - West Potash, La. · About 13,000 gallons of oil discharged · 153 gallons recovered · About 2000 gallons contained · About 5000 gallons onshore · 52 people responding to spill · 700-feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 2 skimmers · 13 response vehicles

Bass Enterprises Production Company – Point a la Hache, La.· About 461,000 gallons of oil discharged · About 235,000 gallons contained · About 312,000 gallons evaporated · 35 feet of boom on site and deployed as necessary · 2 people responding on site · The site was previously inaccessible and over flights indicated minimal spillage. · Prior to the storm, the company reported approximately about 457,000 gallons in the tanks · An on-site inspection shows some oil contained in earthen dams and isolated in ditches surrounding the facility · A recovery plan is being implemented · At Pointe a la Hache, the product has been isolated and a containment and recovery plan is being implemented.

Shell Pipeline Oil LP – Nairn, La., near mile marker 35· 13,440 gallons of oil discharged · 126 gallons recovered · 2,940 gallons contained · 10,500 gallons on shore

Chevron – Port Fourchon, La.· All pipeline personnel in Louisiana have been located and are safe. In addition to aggressive oil recovery, debris removal and cleanup efforts are also underway. These operations are in accordance with Chevron's Incident Action Plans, which are submitted and reviewed daily by the Coast Guard. Work continues on a comprehensive damage assessment to facilities, pumps, motors, piping, electrical, and control systems. · About 53,000 gallons of oil released · About 21,000 gallons naturally dispersed · About 26,000 gallons recovered · About 21,000 gallons of oily/water mix recovered · 420 gallons contained · 55 people responders on site · Boom feet assigned on site 6,600 · 17 Vessels · 5 Skimmers · 5 Pumps · 2 Vacuum Trucks · 16 Response Boats · 1 Utility Boats · 14 Vehicles · 1 Jackup rig

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