Plaquemines Parish: BP Daily activities for May 26, 2010

May 26, 2010

The following activities will be performed today by British Petroleum Venice Operations Center:

Task Force P1: Myrtle Grove- 7 vessels, 10 air boats and 16 john boats will be placing sorbent boom in the Barataria Bay area.

Task Force R1: South Pass Inner Bar- 16 vessels, 6 airboats and 1 barge will be deployed to clean up shore line and maintain existing boom material in the area.

Task Force P2: Pilot Bayou-9,600 feet of sorbent boom will be placed along the Roseau cane areas of Pass a Loutre and removal of soiled boom material will be done.

Task Force P3: Southwest Pass- 4,000 feet of 18” containment boom will be placed along Southwest Pass, 9 vessels and 1 air boat will be deployed. Contaminated boom material will be removed and repairable boom will be brought to Venice Base Operations Center for repair and re-deployment.

Task Force R2: North Pass- 13 vessels, 5 air boats, 1 barge, 4 drum skimmers and 4 john boats will be deployed to the end of Pass a Loutre replace soiled and contaminated sorbent boom material and skim any existing oil.

Task Force P4: Breton Island- 2 vessels with 1,200 feet of sorbent boom will deploy to the island to replace soiled boom and maintain existing boom material.

Task Force P5: Southwest Pass, Division 9- 6 vessels will deploy 4,000 of containment boom, remove soiled boom and maintain existing boom.

Deep Water Skimming Assets in Venice: Four 47 foot Skimming vessels and 2 MSRC Skimming System SBS Pontoon Barges are deployed in the area.

Shallow Water Skimming Assets: 4 Marco Skimmers, 1 MSRC Marco Skimmer and 2 CGA 249 BBL Storage Barges

Oil Spill in Plaquemines Parish

Oil Impact in Plaquemines Parish
•Sheen was first reported in Plaquemines Parish on May 7, 2010 in East Bay and West Bay.
•Tar Balls first washed ashore on May 12, 2010 at South Pass.
•Thick oil first arrived on May 17, 2010 at Pass A Loutre
•Since May 7th, oil has been found in East Bay, West Bay, South Pass, Southwest Pass, Redfish Bay, Garden Island Bay, Four Bayou Pass, Barataria Bay, Bay Ronquille, Cat Bay, Cat Island, Pass A Loutre, Lake Machias, Stone Island, Rattlesnake Bayou, and Lake Washington.

Barrier Island Plan
•May 8th – President Nungesser and Governor Jindal announced Barrier Island Defense Plan.
•May 10th – President Nungesser, Governor Jindal, and other Coastal Leadership met with Col. Lee.
•May 10th – President Nungesser met with BP Incident Response Command leader Michael Utsler.
•May 13th – President Nungesser met with BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward.
•May 13th – The CPRA filed an emergency permit with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and is still awaiting the Corps to issue the permit.
•May 21th – President Nungesser had a conference call with Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry at which time she gave negative remarks regarding the dredging plan.

Fresh Water Diversions in Plaquemines Parish
Bayou Lamoque Diversion: 7500 CFS (capacity 12,000)
Whites Ditch Siphon: 200 CFS (capacity 200)
Naomi Siphon: 1500 CFS (capacity 1500)
West Pointe A la Hache Siphon: 1500 CFS (capacity 1500)


•May 22th – Thick oil reached Brown Pelicans nesting on Cat Island.
•To date, 127 birds have been found. 95 were DOA, 10 are alive and being rehabilitated, nine died in facility and 15 were released. 204 turtles have been found dead and three have been captured, cleaned and rehabilitated.

Brown Pelican
The Brown Pelican was taken off the endangered species list in November 2009.

Commercial Fishermen in 2009:
Total commercial fishermen licenses issued (resident, senior, and non-resident) in Plaquemines Parish was 811.

Recreational Fishermen in 2009
Total Recreational licenses issued (resident and non-resident) was 4,944

Coast Line
Louisiana’s tidal shoreline is 7721 miles

Vessels of Opportunity
May 25th – 170 Plaquemines Parish boats are being used in this program between several different agencies.

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