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Oil Spill in 17th Street Canal

The Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans (SWBNO) and the U.S. Coast Guard were busy with oil spill cleanup and containment in the 17th Street Canal and Lake Pontchartrain on Tuesday (2.23). 


SWBNO spokesperson Robert Jackson explained that agency’s personnel “identified an oil substance in the vicinity of Drainage Pumping Station 6 (DPS6) in the 17th Street Canal and immediately deployed a crew to clean up the material.”  The area is now surrounded by booms. 


In addition, the Coast Guard positioned booms at the mouth of Lake Pontchartrain prompting fears of a greater contamination.


Jackson said after consultation with Jefferson Parish authorities, a Sunday (2.21) leak at Delta Petroleum was fingered as the source of the spill. According to MapQuest the company on the 3000 block of Airline Highway is a “privately-owned company that manufactures lubricants, chemicals and glycol-based products throughout North America.” Said spill was previously logged as “contained.” 


SWBNO noted that pump operations will continue unhindered. 


DPS6 is a key station that moves water from the drainage canal into Lake Pontchartrain. The 17th Street Canal, which straddles the Metairie-New Orleans border, tragically burst through the levee system first destroying Lakeview and then spreading deadly floodwaters throughout the city.

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