Controlled burn planned for Bayou Sorrel oil leak

A contracted cleanup crew will conduct a controlled burn starting at 10 a.m. Saturday to clean up part of an oil leak from a ruptured pipeline at the Frog Lake Bayou Sorrel facility in Iberville Parish, according to U.S. Coast Guard spokeswoman Lt. Victoria Saxon.

Coast Guard, federal, state and local officials will be on hand to monitor the burn, she said, adding that the Coast Guard along with members from the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office are supervising oil cleanup operations.

The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Baton Rouge received a tip on Jan. 9 about a ruptured pipeline near the Bayou Sorrel facility that leaked about 5,000 gallons of oil product before facility officials halted the leak, Saxon said.

To date, about 1,750 gallons have been cleaned up and recovered, she said.

The controlled burn of the oil in the water will be conducted by American Pollution Control, the contracted cleanup crew of ORB Exploration, owners of the Bayou Sorrel facility, Saxon said.

Saxon said the primary burn should last no more than a few hours and any additional burns, if necessary, will be conducted only in daylight hours.

Residents of Bayou Sorrel are asked to stay at least half a mile away and anyone who has general questions or questions about smoke inhalation is asked to contact the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222, Saxon said.