Update on Lake Charles Cleanup Operations
Jun 21, 2006
Lake Charles, La. - June 21, 2006 -- The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office have established a Unified Command in response to ongoing oil containment and recovery activities on the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
Recovery efforts began Tuesday night after receiving reports of oil in the Calcasieu channel near CITGO's Clifton Ridge Terminal. The recovery operations represent an expansion of activity that began in response to Monday’s heavy rainfall and partial flooding, which overwhelmed the company’s waste water storage tank area and dikes. A mixture of storm water and oil was released into the Indian Marais, CITGO’s on-site drainage feature. Multiple contract oil recovery organizations, boats, skimmers and containment booms are being utilized. All required regulatory notifications have been made. The USCG has closed traffic on the channel from light 112 to light 100, approximately three nautical miles. It is expected that the channel will remain closed for several days.
The Unified Command is working at this time to complete the containment and recovery of the oil and the restoration of channel usage.
By approximately 4:30 a.m. today, a large portion of the off-site , estimated 15,000 barrels of oil had been contained. The Indian Marais area within CITGO's facility has been secured with containment boom and vacuum trucks. The cause of the spill remains under investigation. Clean-up and containment operations continue on the east and west banks of the Calcasieu channel. The Unified Command is conducting on-site and aerial evaluations of the area.
CITGO has established a toll-free claims number for the incident. Affected individuals may call 800-213-5540 for more information.
A separate number has been established for claims related to exterior boat cleaning. That number is 337-708-7177.