The Louisiana National Guard has received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to field ten additional vacuum barges to remove oil from marsh and inland areas of Louisiana’s coast bringing the number approved to 13.
The two vacuum barges already in operation — one made of military float bridges and the other a civilian barge – are recovering approximately 1000 gallons of oil each per day. As of June 10 the barges had collected more than 6400 gallons. bringing the number approved to 13.
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.