Monday, July 5, 2010

BP's Oil Reaches Lake Pontchartrain

The probability that the oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico would reach Lake Pontchartrain has been one of my concerns since the oil crisis began, and today I and other New Orleans area residents learned that tar balls have been spotted in the lake in the Rigolets. WWL TV reports:
The tarballs floated to the shore in the Treasure Isle subdivision near Slidell.

"The weather is not cooperating," St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis said. "You have to pull all those people in for safety reasons and you can't fight it. So then, when we pull in, this is what happens. Last night, it came through, wasn't spotted by air. It goes underwater, then it comes back up."

Monday morning, workers in Tyvek environmental suits, contracted by BP, began scooping up tiny pieces of emulsified oil.

The Times Picayune says:
John Lopez, director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's coastal stainability program, spotted the first tar balls in the Rigolets Pass on Sunday.
My father gave me the news this morning.

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