We are in southern Louisiana with my ESRM 492: Service Learning in New Orleans class. Today we head down to lower Plaquemines Parish and it just so happens at 2am this morning we had a small spill of oil in the river. Details are still flowing in and the Coast Guard are responding, but so far this is what we know from the radio updates:
The U.S. Coast Guard says its crews are responding to an oil spill on the lower Mississippi River that left an estimated 840 gallons of crude oil in the water.
Coast Guard officials said early Wednesday that the spill happened southwest of Venice, Louisiana.
The Coast Guard said skimming vessels, boom and other materials were being used to reduce the spread of oil and collect oil from the water’s surface. It planned to conduct a flight over the area on Wednesday to assess the situation.