Coast Guard monitoring oil spill response near Lake Charles

Published 11:45 am Wednesday, November 30, 2022

The Coast Guard said it is monitoring an oil spill in the vicinity of Calcasieu Point Landing near Lake Charles.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles pollution responders received a report at about 8:15 a.m. Monday of an unknown quantity of oil in the water in an industrial canal north of Choupique Island.

Coast Guard pollution responders dispatched to the location alongside representatives from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Lake Charles Fire Department.

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On-scene investigators said the discharge escaped from the secondary containment at Martin Energy Services. Personnel from Martin Energy Services secured the source of the spill and estimated that about 3,500 gallons of used lubricant oil entered the water. 

The oil spill response organization hired by Martin Energy Services, OMI Environmental Solutions, placed over 2,000 feet of boom and contained the oil spill along the banks of the Lake Charles Industrial Canal.

LDWF personnel rescued seven oiled pelicans from the site of the spill. Environmental assessments are still ongoing.

The Coast Guard temporarily halted traffic along the Intracoastal Waterway during the initial assessment and cleanup; however, the Intracoastal Waterway is not impacted and has since been reopened to marine traffic.

MSU Lake Charles teams are working closely with the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, LDEQ, LDWF and Martin Energy Services to clean up the affected areas, mitigate environmental impacts and recover the oil.