- The incident happened at a facility in Terrebonne Bay.
- The facility owner estimates less than 14,000 gallons spilled.
- Dozens of oil spills were reported in Louisiana last year after Hurricane Ida.
A public health notice was issued Wednesday in response to an oil spill in Louisiana’s Terrebonne Bay.
The advisory from the state health department warns people to stay away from areas with an oil sheen or oil smell, avoid direct skin contact with oil and not to drive boats through an oil sheen. In addition, pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems or underlying respiratory conditions are being told to avoid the area until further notice.
Clean up and monitoring continues at the site of the spill, reported Monday by the U.S. Coast Guard.
It happened when a structural failure at an oil tank platform caused a tank to fall into Terrebonne Bay, the Coast Guard said in a news release. The facility is owned by oil and natural gas company Hilcorp, which estimates that less than 14,000 gallons of oil spilled.
Louisiana is the No. 2 producer of crude oil and No. 4 producer of natural gas in the U.S., according to the Grow Louisiana Coalition. About 18 refineries are located in the state and the industry generates about 260,000 jobs, the coalition says on its website.
Monday’s spill happened about 16 miles west of Port Fourchon, a hub for support of the petroleum industry.
The Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office estimates that more than 330,000 gallons of oil are spilled in the state each year.
Dozens of spills were reported last year after Hurricane Ida made landfall near Port Fourchon. The General Account Office said the spills highlighted the need for better oversight of offshore oil and gas pipelines, including more than 26,000 miles of active and inactive lines in the Gulf of Mexico.
Parts of Louisiana are still feeling the effects of the massive Deepwater Horizon spill that happened in 2010. A study released Tuesday showed that small amounts of weathered oil residue were still present in some areas 10 years later.
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