La. National Guard gets approval for 13 vacuum barges to collect oil on the coast

June 11, 2010

GRAND ISLE, La. - The governor of the state of Louisiana, Bobby Jindal, and Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, observe firsthand oil suction operations on East Grand Terre Island, June 9, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Col. Michael P. Deville, State Public Affairs Officer/Released)

BATON ROUGE (June 10, 2010) – The Louisiana National Guard received approval yesterday evening from the U.S. Coast Guard to field ten additional vacuum barges bringing the number approved to 13.

As demonstrated at operations at East Grand Terre Island, La., these vacuum barges are effective in removing oil from marsh and inland areas of Louisiana’s coast. The two vacuum barges currently in operation, one comprised of military float bridges and the other on a civilian barge, are recovering approximately 1,000 gallons of oil each per day. To date, the barges have collected more than 6,400 gallons.

The newly approved vacuum barges will be placed in coordination with parish officials and the Coast Guard at locations in Plaquemines, Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Bernard and Terrebonne parishes. The need exists for more of these systems to remove oil from marsh areas as soon as spotting occurs.

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One Response to La. National Guard gets approval for 13 vacuum barges to collect oil on the coast

  1. June 11, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Glad to hear about some more progress. Bobby's done everything but take his shoe off and bang it on a podeum. Considering all the finger pointing and fighting going on at a federal level I'd say our governor's the only person who knows what his job is and I'm pretty proud of that.

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