7:45 P.M. UPDATE - Jefferson Parish authorities report that the gas fire at Bayou Perot is now out, and only a small fire remains aboard the tugboat involved in Tuesday's incident.
FOX 8 received this news release from the U.S. Coast Guard Friday evening:
The Coast Guard and assisting agencies continue response operations for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Friday.
After the barge was removed from the scene and taken to a secure location offloading operations were conducted and completed at approximately 3 p.m. Friday. The crude oil from the barge has been offloaded into a separate barge. At no time was any pollution observed coming from the barge.
As the residual liquid petroleum gas in the pipeline dwindles, the flaring operations will continue. Flaring operations use flares which are devices that burn or oxidize industrial gaseous wastes in a safe, controlled and efficient manner.
The Coast Guard continues to maintain flight restrictions over the airspace near the Shannon E. Settoon barge at and below 5,000 feet within approximately a one-mile radius. Responders have deployed 11,100 feet of boom around the tank barge to contain any possible pollution risks.
The unified command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office, Settoon Towing and Chevron. Other agencies and contractors include Louisiana State Police, Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources, ES&H, CTEH Air Monitoring, T&T Marine Salvage and Resolve Marine.