Cleanup underway of oil spill in a Louisiana bay
HOUMA, La. (AP) — An oil spill cleanup is underway at a site where an oil tank platform collapsed in a Louisiana bay, the Coast Guard said.
The spill of crude oil occurred at Hilcorp’s Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana, according to a news release emailed late Monday.
Hilcorp estimates that less than 14,000 gallons (53,000 liters) spilled, and no wildlife had been affected as of late Monday, the statement said.
The cause of the collapse is being investigated.
The Coast Guard said 4,500 feet (1,370 meters) of containment boom have been deployed and three skimming vessels and five response vessels were on scene.
Environmental Safety & Health Consulting Services has been hired to clean up the spill.
Hilcorp said people affected by the spill may call a claims line at 281-486-5511, according to the news release.
The Houston-based company did not immediately respond to a request for comment sent through its website.