Chevron begins pipeline flaring after Louisiana barge incident

15 March 2013 17:20  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chevron has begun flaring the coastal Louisiana bayou natural gas pipeline involved in Tuesday’s incident with a tug and oil barge, the US Coast Guard said on Friday.

“As the amount of liquid petroleum gas remaining in the pipeline dwindles, it is predicted that the size, colour and smoke amount may fluctuate,” the Coast Guard said. “This controlled burn will clear the line of the residual liquid petroleum gas. Constant air monitoring is being conducted for the site.”

A Settoon Towing tugboat was pushing the Shannon E Settoon barge carrying about 2,200 bbl of crude oil and 1,000 gal of diesel when the incident occurred.

Responders were able to separate the tank barge from the tug wreckage on Thursday afternoon, the Coast Guard said.

Crews remain on scene for cooling operations and will continue to monitor the integrity of the barge after the fire is extinguished.

About 10,400ft (3,172m) of boom has been mobilised around the tank to contain any possible pollution risks, the Coast Guard said.

The cause of the incident is still under investigation.

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