La. Guard begins shoreline protection project in Cameron - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

La. Guard begins shoreline protection project in Cameron

BATON ROUGE, LA (AP) - The Louisiana National Guard initiated operations in Cameron Parish today by staging Hesco barrier wall equipment that will be emplaced 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 LANG 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 Concertainer sections, each consisting of five linked baskets, which are then filled with sand.

This shoreline protection barrier is one of several key LANG oil spill response operations in south Louisiana. The LANG also continues 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 LANG 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 LANG has completed approximately 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 LANG is closely coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard and parish officials to support on-going operations and determine future missions in support of parish protection plans.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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