Oily sheen found by the Coast Guard in Mississippi River in New Orleans

Cause is undetermined at this time

Jim Hanzo
September 11, 2019 - 8:46 pm

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The Coast Guard is responding to an oily sheen on the Mississippi River. 

The sheen is between mile markers 95 and 96 in New Orleans, Wednesday.

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

The source and quantity of the sheen is unknown at this time.

OMI Environmental Solutions has been contracted in the effort to contain and recover the product.

Coast Guard personnel from Sector New Orleans are on scene evaluating the sheen.  The next step is to decide the response effort.  

The shoreline is projected to be minimally impacted; the Coast Guard is working with OMI Environmental Solutions to mitigate the impact.

The incident is under investigation.

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