Post-Hurricane Pollution Recovery Continues

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Personnel from the multi-agency unified command based here continue to assess, investigate and clean up six major and three medium oil spills caused by damage to facilities after Hurricane Katrina struck Southeast Louisiana.

Nearly 750 people from dozens of federal,state and local agencies, as well as industry partners and contract workers, are involved in the cleanup operation. Personnel are also investigating numerous minor spills in the area.

The following numbers reflect the latest reports on the nine major and medium oil spills. Total numbers for amounts of oil spilled, evaporated, dispersed and recovered are estimates and are subject to change; estimates for recovered volume at some sites may represent an oil/water mix.

Louisiana oil spill response overview:

Major Spills: 6

Medium Spills: 3

Volume spilled: 7.7 million gallons

Volume recovered: 2.9 million gallons

Volume evaporated/naturally dispersed: 2.7 million gallons

Recoverable Volume remaining: 2.06 million gallons

Feet of containment boom deployed: 31,300 feet

Skimmers employed: 45

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