In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
, federal, state, local and industry personnel continue to work together to conduct pollution recovery operations to mitigate further damage to the environment.
The following industries are continuing pollution recovery operations:
Murphy Oil Corporation, near Chalmette, La.:
- Estimated 819,000 gallons of oil have been discharged, with the vast majority contained within the existing secondary containment unit located on refinery property
- Oil recovery operations are ongoing
- As of Sunday, 367,000 gallons of oil and water mix were recovered using 18 vacuum trucks and 13 drum skimmers
- 24-hour operations are now ongoing with the addition of two high speed pumps
Shell Pipeline Company LP:
- Clean-up efforts at Pilottown and Nairn continue
- In Pilottown, crude oil was found leaking from an above ground storage tank and into a tank dike and the surrounding area; of approximately 420,000 gallons estimated to have leaked, more than 260,400 gallons have been recovered to date
- Crude oil that remains in the tank is being offloaded into a barge.
- In Nairn, approximately 10,500 gallons of crude oil was estimated to have leaked from a 20-inch pipeline
- Damage to the pipeline resulted from a breach in a hurricane protection levee. The line has been de-pressurized and is no longer leaking. The area has been boomed and crews continue to clean-up pockets of oil using absorbent materials.
- Approximately 3.78 million gallons of oil from storage tanks were
discharged into the secondary containment system surrounding the tanks
- One 420,000 gallon capacity removal barge has been filled with oil from the secondary containment pond and has disembarked for the Valero Energy refinery at Krotz Springs.
- A 1.26 million gallon capacity removal barge is now being filled.
- 502,236 gallons recovered as of Sunday.
- Oil Mop has an 11-person containment and recovery crew on site. A total crew complement of 60 is expected on site Monday.
Chevron Empire Facility:
- Estimated 966,000 gallons of oil was discharged from a storage tank at Empire
- A significant amount of oil was lost due to natural dispersion and evaporation
- The remaining oil spilled has been contained with boom and ongoing oil recovery operations are underway
- Chevron has developed and begun implementing its Incident Action Plan
, which has been submitted and approved by the U.S. Coast Guard
Venice Energy Services Company:
- An unknown amount
of oil was discharged in Tante Phine Pass near Venice, La.
- Recovery operations continue.