Update: Calcasieu Lake Opens to All Traffic
Jun 28, 2006
Lake Charles, La.- June 28, 2006 – The Coast Guard has moved the southern boundary of the safety zone north to light 92, which is just south of the Intracoastal Waterway. This opens the Calcasieu Lake for recreational and commercial traffic.
The Intracoastal Waterway remains closed to recreational traffic between the Calcasieu Locks and mile marker 242. A temporary Vessel Traffic Service, staffed by Coast Guard personnel and industry stakeholders, is coordinating commercial vessel traffic transiting the ICW.
Prien Lake and Moss Lake also remain closed. For additional information about waterway safety zones please call the Public Information Desk at 281-854-1306 or 1307.
An estimated 11,000 barrels of oil has been removed from the river, and another 18,000 barrels were removed from the Indian Marais, as of this morning, which brings the total to 29,000 barrels removed to date.
Overall response information as of today:
* More than 1,600 response personnel are working around the clock to safely remove the oil.
* More than 240,000 feet of boom is deployed.
* 49 skimmers, 50 vacuum trucks, 12 barges and 76 boats are cleaning the spill
* Seven high capacity pump systems are in use.
* Air monitoring and site safety continues to be conducted by response personnel.
There are 30 vessels in the safety zone and 9 waiting to enter the port, as of this morning.
Response personnel continue to monitor the impact to the environment and wildlife.
Any boater who comes across an animal affected by the spill should contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-213-5540. Members of the public should not attempt to capture the animal under any circumstances, but try and identify it and report its location.
CITGO has established a toll-free claims number for the incident. Affected individuals may call 1-800-213-5540 for more information. A separate number has been established for claims related to exterior boat cleaning. That number is 337-708-7177.
The cause of the spill remains under investigation.