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Coast Guard responds to sheen at Perdido Pass

NEW ORLEANS - On May 5, 2012, at 8:15 a.m., the Coast Guard responded to and took samples of an apparent sheen near the Perdido Pass Bridge in Orange Beach, Ala. The samples have been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in New London, Conn., and results are expected Thursday.

At approximately 7 a.m., Saturday, an operator of a dredge barge reported to the Coast Guard a sheen on the north side of Perdido Pass Bridge. Due to the proximity of the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill cleanup activities to this project, the Coast Guard, BP PLC, and the Army Corps of Engineers had met weeks previously and developed a plan in the event oil was discovered in the Pass. The Coast Guard made pollution responders available to monitor and sample sightings of any oil in the area. The dredging operations are scheduled to conclude on May 11, 2012.

The sheen dissipated in a few hours and Coast Guard responders remained on scene.

While efforts to clean and locate oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill continue in this area, it is not yet known if this sheen can be attributed to the BP spill.

The Coast Guard continues to monitor the dredging project and remains ready to respond to reports of pollution in the environment.  If oil is observed it should be reported to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802.