U.S. Coast Guard Responds to Oil Spill in Terrebonne Bay, La.

(Reuters) —

A person holds a sign as U.S. congressman Mike Levin (D-CA) (not pictured) holds a news conference to discuss the need to pass his legislation to ban all new offshore drilling activity in Southern California following a major oil spill off the state’s coast, in Encinitas, California, in 2021. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard said on Monday it was responding to an oil spill at the Hilcorp Caillou Island facility in Terrebonne Bay, Louisiana.

A structural failure caused an oil tank platform to collapse into the water and spill oil, the Coast Guard said, citing a notification from the National Response Center.

Hilcorp estimates that fewer than 14,000 gallons of crude oil entered the water, the Coast Guard said, adding that there was no reported impact to wildlife and the exact cause of the incident was under investigation.

The Coast Guard said it has deployed 4,500 feet of containment boom, along with three skimming vessels and five response vessels.

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