Louisiana Oil Spill Response regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Louisiana Oil Spill Response: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Reportable quantities: Louisiana Administrative Code (LAC) 33:I.3905

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Louisiana Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act, Louisiana Revised Statutes (LRS) 30:2451 to 30:2496

Notification requirements: LAC 33:I.3901 to 33:I.3931

Emergency conditions: LAC 33:I.3915

Nonemergency conditions: LAC 33:I.3917

Groundwater contamination: LAC 33:I.3919

Written reporting requirements: LAC 33:I.3925

Oil spill coordination: LRS 30:2455

Oil spill contingency fund: LRS 30:2483

Oil drilling: LAC 33:IX.1701

Regulatory Agencies

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office (LOSCO)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

To Report a Spill:DEQ Hotline (24 hours)225-342-1234DEQ-SPOC office line225-219-3640Louisiana State Police225-925-6595

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Louisiana's oil spill rules generally follow the federal standards. Any unauthorized spills of one barrel (42 gallons) of oil or more must be reported to DEQ. Notification to DEQ must be made within 24 hours unless the situation is deemed an emergency, in which case the Louisiana State Police must be notified within 1 hour of the spill. An emergency situation is defined as any condition that could reasonably be expected to endanger the health and safety of the public or cause significant adverse impact to the environment.

The notice to DEQ of the spill must be followed up within 7 days with a written report detailing the incident. See the national section OIL SPILLS and the state sections RELEASE NOTIFICATION and SPILL PREVENTION—SPCC PLAN


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