its only 58,800 gallons of crude
If the Times Picayune is going to make the leap to an all online format, it needs to include ALL the stories from the paper version – too bad this was buried in the Money Section, it SHOULD have been on the front page, even if it was a “medium” spill.
Tuesday July 28, 2009
Times Picayune Money Section
A Shell pipeline reportedly spilled about 58,800 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, about 65 miles south of Houma near the Atchafalaya Bay. The Coast Guard deployed responders from Morgan City and Mobile, Ala. and directed the Marine Spill Response Corp. to send an aircraft. Shell has sent a separate clean up crew, said Coast Guard spokesman Tom Atkeson, who described the spill as “medium” in size. Last July, a collision with a tank ship caused an oil barge to spill more than 280,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Mississippi River.
* Associated Press (AP)
* Published: Jul 28, 2009 – UPDATED: 12:35 p.m.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Coast Guard says the sheen from a 58,800-gallon weekend oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is now covering an area of 80 square miles. That’s up from Monday’s figure of 28 square miles.
A Coast Guard spokesman said Tuesday that cleanup workers have recovered 1,000 gallons from the spill. He recommended that boaters avoid the area, about 65 miles south of Houma near Atchafalaya Bay, to not hamper cleanup efforts or navigate through contaminated water.
The Coast Guard said a Shell pipeline released the oil Saturday for reasons that are still under investigation.
Cleanup continues in Gulf of Mexico following weekend spill
by The Times-Picayune
Thursday July 30, 2009, 11:45 AM
Cleanup activities continue today following a 63,000-gallon oil spill over the weekend, according to a spokesman for the Unified Command managing response to the spill.
Kevin Thompson said the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf has been reduced to between 1,280 to 1,680 gallons. The current position of the remaining sheen is about 12 miles due south of Fourchon in Lafourche Parish, and is traveling parallel to the coast, he said.
The oil leak was discovered Saturday from a crack in a Shell pipeline at a depth of about 60 feet, some 33 miles offshore and 60 miles southwest of Houma.
Divers were able to make temporary repairs to the cracked pipeline Wednesday night, and Shell Pipeline Company LP, the operator of the Eugene Island pipeline, is developing a plan for permanent repair, Thompson said.
The movement of the sheen is constantly being monitored by helicopter, aircraft flights and a shoreline assessment team, Thompson said.
The Unified Command is composed of members of Shell, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, with support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.