NEW ORLEANS (FOX44) - The Coast Guard is responding to a report of oil in Breton Sound near Venice, on June 8th.
Both the Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement are investigating the incident and the source of the oily substance has not yet been determined.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans received the initial notification from a fisherman at approximately 7 a.m., reporting an oily substance two miles southeast of Baptiste Collette Pass.
The Coast Guard has deployed four pollution investigators to the scene to obtain samples, which will be sent to a lab for testing. Additionally, an MH-65C helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans with one pollution investigator has been deployed to conduct an aerial observation assessment.
The Coast Guard has opened and is using the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund in order to begin mobilizing assets to quickly address the situation and Capt. Edwin Stanton, commanding officer of Sector New Orleans, has assumed the duties of Federal on Scene Coordinator.
Oil Mop has been hired as the oil spill response organization that will conduct any necessary clean-up operations and has deployed three barge boats, two workboats and a containment boom trailer, which are currently en route to Venice.
The Coast Guard is working with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, BOEMRE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.