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Drifting Telephone Poles

Gulf of Mexico, LA | 2011-Sep-13

Initial Notification: Around mid-day 13Sep11 USCG MSU Morgan City contacted the NOAA SSC to request a trajectory for a bundle of telephone poles drifting in the Gulf of Mexico 40 miles south of Timbalier Bay, LA. Coast Guard considers the poles a hazard to navigation and potentially to any oil platforms or other structures they may impact. An approximate drift forecast was provided, although uncertainty is high due to minimal information available about the configuration and size of the bundle.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Other
Products of concern:telephone poles
Total amount at risk of spill: 0 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 28° 26.45′ North
Longitude (approximate): 90° 41.10′ West