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Mystery Sheen in 40 Arpent Canal, Chalmette, LA

Chalmette, LA, USA | 2022-Jun-22

Initial Notification: On June 19, 2022, the USCG Sector New Orleans notified the NOAA SSC regarding a discharge of an unknown amount of an unknown oil from an unknown source in a drainage canal located along the Lower Mississippi River and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet, in St. Bernard Parish, LA. USCG on-site response personnel report a strong fuel smell and an 8-10ft alligator in the area along with several sheens ranging from 1nm to 4nm long within the canal. Valero Energy initiated response actions. USCG requested NOAA on-site support.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Latitude (approximate): 29° 57.07′ North
Longitude (approximate): 89° 56.14′ West