Just hours before “a new wave of black oil suddenly” came ashore, state officials began process of REOPENING nearby waters to commercial fishing

LDWF Begins Process of Reopening Commercial Fishing in Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays by Collecting Seafood Samples for Federal Testing, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, September 9, 2010:

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is moving forward with sampling of crab, shrimp and finfish in closed commercial fishing areas west of the Mississippi Delta, which is the first step in reopening these state waters to commercial fishing.

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) concurred with Louisiana’s request to begin the reopening process in Terrebonne and Timbalier Bays, which were originally closed to commercial fishing earlier this summer after confirmed reports of oil suspected to be from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. …

Once samples from these areas are determined to be safe of all hydrocarbons and dispersant substance, LDWF Secretary Robert Barham intends to order immediate openings to commercial fishing in these areas, which will leave only five percent of commercial fishing areas closed.

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Reports from September 10-11: “NEW OIL WAS SURFACING” and BLACK crude “SUDDENLY” came ashore — 16 MILES of beaches and marshes hit in Louisiana

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