La. National Guard gets approval for 13 vacuum barges to collect oil on the coast
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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GRAND ISLE, La. - Soldiers with the Louisiana Army National Guard’s 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, 205th Engineer Battalion, deploy a 300 foot military float bridge in Grand Isle, La., on June 6, 2010, in support of the Deep Horizon oil spill cleanup efforts. The bridge is being used as a barge that transports an oil suction system that removes oil from the water. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeffrey T. Barone/Released)
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)