Lake Charles Cleanup Statement
Jun 21, 2006
Lake Charles, La. - June 21, 2006 -- The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex extended containment and recovery efforts Tuesday night after receiving reports of an undetermined quantity of oil in the Calcasieu Parish Ship Channel near the Clifton Ridge Terminal. These operations represent an expansion of efforts already under way in response to Monday’s heavy rainfall and partial flooding, which caused a release from the company’s waste water storage tank area into the Indian Marais drainage feature. Multiple contract oil recovery organizations, boats, skimmers and containment booms are being utilized. All proper regulatory notifications have been made.
At approximately 4:30 a.m., a large portion of the oil had been contained. CITGO and the U. S. Coast Guard (USCG) will also conduct aerial evaluations of the channel as soon as possible to more accurately assess the situation.
The USCG has closed traffic on the channel from light 112 to light 100.
CITGO’s primary concern at this time is the complete recovery of the oil and the restoration of channel usage. We will continue to work with the USCG in the containment and recovery efforts.