Oil burn not successful in cleanup

Staff report

BAYOU SORREL - A controlled burn of oil that leaked from a ruptured pipeline at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel facility in Iberville Parish was not successful in burning all of the oil Jan. 19, a U.S. Coast Guard spokesman said.

Personnel performed three separate burns Saturday with the first one starting around 1 p.m.

The oil was not thick enough for the burns to last more than about 15 minutes each.

Cleanup crews will no longer try to burn the oil and instead will remove it manually, Watters said.

Coast Guard officials and members from the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office are supervising oil cleanup operations.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Baton Rouge received a tip on Jan. 9 about a ruptured pipeline near the Bayou Sorrel facility that leaked about 5,000 gallons of oil product before facility officials halted the leak.

About 80 barrels, or 3,360 gallons, of oil have been recovered so far.

Anyone who has general questions or questions about smoke inhalation is asked to contact the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.