The Coast Guard was responding to an oil spill yesterday after an oil tank platform collapsed at the Hilcorp Energy Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, La. 

The Coast Guard's Marine Safety Unit Houma (La.) initially received notification from the National Response Center that the platform experienced a structural failure causing a tank to fall into the water and spill the oil.  

Environmental Safety & Health Consulting Services (ES&H), Belle Chasse, La., has been hired as the oil spill removal organization. Initial response actions included 4,500' of containment boom, three skimming vessels, and five response vessels. Hilcorp estimates less than 14,000 gals. of crude oil entered the water. 

There have been no reports of impact to wildlife at this time. The exact cause of the incident is still under investigation. 

Hilcorp has provided a claims line that people affected by this spill may call: 281-486-5511

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