MARCH 13, 2013 — In an update to an earlier statement, the Coast Guard says it continues to respond to the allision between a tug pushing a barge resulting in a pipeline fire near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans (see earlier report).
ES & H, the oil spill response organization, is on scene and has mobilized 7,218 feet of containment boom and 6,000 feet of 18-inch containment boom, one cabin boat, five responder class boats, one Marco skimmer and two 24-foot express hull vessels in response to the incident.
There are 2,215 barrels of crude on the barge and approximately 1,000 gallons of diesel on the tug.
A Coast Guard overflight is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday to conduct shoreline impacts and assessments.
There is a one mile by 75 foot-wide sheen reported in the vicinity of the tug and barge.
The owner of the pipeline is Chevron, and the owner of both the barge and the 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon is Setoon Towing LLC.
The pipeline was shut in Wednesday evening, and the Coast Guard says the fire will diminish as the product diminishes.