Coast Guard responds to oily sheen near New Orleans

The Coast Guard continues to respond to an oily sheen on the Mississippi River between mile markers 95 and 96 in New Orleans. The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office has joined the response effort.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter air crew from Air Station New Orleans observed a sheen on the water at 4:17 p.m. Tuesday during a routine overflight.

The source and quantity of the sheen is unknown. OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted to contain and recover the product.

Coast Guard personnel from Sector New Orleans are on scene to evaluate the sheen and determine the next steps in the response effort. The shoreline is projected to be minimally impacted, and the Coast Guard is working with OMI to mitigate the impact.

Fifteen hundred feet of boom has been deployed to contain the sheen. Six oil spill response boats are on the scene along with Coast Guard assessment teams to assess and recover product on the shoreline.

The cause of this incident is under investigation. No additional details are available at this time.

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