USA — Louisiana Guard Begins Shoreline Protection Project

BATON ROUGE, La., June 14, 2010 — The Louisiana Nation­al Guard start­ed shore pro­tec­tion oper­a­tions in Cameron Parish June 12 by stag­ing Hes­co bar­ri­er wall equip­ment that will be placed along eight miles of shore­line by mem­bers of the 928th Sap­per Com­pa­ny, 769th Engi­neer Bat­tal­ion.

The shore­line pro­tec­tion bar­ri­er, like the 2.5 miles of wall com­plet­ed by the Guards­men in Port Four­chon, is designed to keep encroach­ing oil from enter­ing the marsh­lands that lie along the coast­line.

The Hes­co bar­ri­er wall will con­sist of linked Hes­co sec­tions, each con­sist­ing of five linked bas­kets that are then filled with sand. This shore­line pro­tec­tion bar­ri­er is one of sev­er­al key Louisiana Guard oil spill response oper­a­tions.

The Guards­men also con­tin­ue to use vac­u­um barges to suc­tion oil near East Grand Terre Island. More than 8,100 gal­lons of oil have been removed thus far.

At Pel­i­can and Scofield Islands, the Louisiana Guard con­tin­ues to drop sand­bags to fill 14 key gaps in the shore­line. To date, eight gaps on Pel­i­can Island and one gap on Scofield Island are com­plete. More than 4,370 sand­bags have been emplaced on Scofield Island alone.

The Louisiana Guard has com­plet­ed about sev­en miles of Tiger Dam shore­line pro­tec­tion sys­tem at South­west Pass, and almost eight miles at Grand Isle. In addi­tion, about 2,000 feet of Tiger Dam shore­line pro­tec­tion sys­tem has been laid on Elmer’s Island to pro­tect low-lying areas.

The Louisiana Guard is close­ly coor­di­nat­ing with the U.S. Coast Guard and parish offi­cials, offi­cials said, to sup­port cur­rent oper­a­tions and deter­mine future mis­sions in sup­port of parish pro­tec­tion plans.

From a Louisiana Nation­al Guard News Release
U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)