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DiamondJacks Casino Boat Spill - UCGPE24608

Site Contact:
Bray Fisher
Federal On Scene Coordinator


Site Location:
711 Diamon Jacks Blvd
Bossier City, LA 71111
NRC#: 1390254

On January 29,2024, at 3:30 PM, the EPA was notified by the National Response Center (NRC) of a discharge of hydraulic oil of an unknown amount from a derelict casino boat from the DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel in Bossier City, Louisiana.  According to the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office (LOSCO) and the Louisiana Riverboat Gaming Company, LLC’s (Responsible Party) clean up contractor, the discharge resulted from heavy rains and flooding. The derelict casino boat is located within a retention pond about 100 ft from the Red River. Boom has been deployed by the Responsible Party’s contractor (RP), but possible discharge into the Red River remains. The exact volume of discharged oil is unknown.

EPA staff and contractors mobilized to the site and arrived at approximately 8:00 a.m. January 30. They gathered additional information, documented cleanup efforts, and determined the threat of discharge to the Red River. LOSCO mobilized to the incident and commenced coordination with EPA.

EPA began on-site air monitoring at, and downwind of, the spill source with a hand-held multi-gas MultiRAE meter for primarily volatile organic compounds (VOCs). If a sustained VOC measurement of 1.0 ppm was observed, benzene-specific measurements were to be collected using a hand-held UltraRAE meter. No VOC levels above the instrument detection level of 0.1 ppm were observed; therefore, no benzene-specific measurements were collected.

The response is being led by the RP, and recovery operations are currently underway.  EPA will continue to provide oversight until the threat of discharge to the Red River no longer exists.