Louisiana bayou fire stabilised; oil on barge not compromised

14 March 2013 22:22  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Response crews have stabilised a fire in a coastal Louisiana bayou after an incident involving a tugboat pushing an oil barge and a natural gas pipeline on Tuesday night, the US Coast Guard said on Thursday.

Responders are at the scene in Bayou Perot, south of New Orleans, for cooling operations and will continue to monitor the integrity of the Shannon E Settoon barge after the fire is extinguished.

“Approximately 2,200 bbl of crude oil remain on the barge and have not been compromised,” the Coast Guard said. “Responders have deployed 10,400 feet [3,172m] of boom around the tank barge to contain any possible pollution risks.”

The pipeline, which is owned by Chevron, was shut on Tuesday evening.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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