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Report on Coastal Skimming Activities in Louisiana

Baton Rouge (August 20, 2010) - The state of Louisiana today issued its report on skimming operations on Louisiana's coast. The report was compiled as a result of Governor Jindal's directive to the Louisiana National Guard to monitor and track the deployment of skimmers by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Statewide, there are 353 skimmers total, of which 349 are operational and 183 actually deployed to collect oil on Thursday. Together, these skimmers collected 3,817 gallons of oil and 369 cubic yard of debris.

The Coastal Skimmer Activity Report provides visibility of ongoing oil collection efforts directed by the Coast Guard. For information regarding specifics of skimmer deployment and statuses, please contact the Coast Guard Incident Command Post in Houma.

Skimmer totals for each parish include the following type skimmers: Navy vessels, skimmers of different sizes, vessels of opportunity, and shallow water barge collection systems.

Below is a breakdown of skimming operations by parish:

Jefferson

Operational Skimmers: 31
Non-Operational Skimmers: 0
Total number of Skimmers: 31
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 27
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 462

Lafourche

Operational Skimmers: 59
Non-Operational Skimmers: 0
Total number of Skimmers: 59
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 44
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 0

Plaquemines

Operational Skimmers: 114
Non-Operational Skimmers: 0
Total number of Skimmers: 114
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 80
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 3355

St. Bernard

Operational Skimmers: 51
Non-Operational Skimmers: 1
Total number of Skimmers: 52
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 0
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 0

St. Tammany

Operational Skimmers: 56
Non-Operational Skimmers: 2
Total number of Skimmers: 58
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 32
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 0

Terrebonne

Operational Skimmers: 38
Non-Operational Skimmers: 1
Total number of Skimmers: 39
Number of Skimmers Deployed / Collecting Oil: 0
Amount of Oil Collected in Gallons: 0

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