“Like a brown poisonous tide”: Oily sheen bubbling up in marsh grass — Not much different than in August


Hunting for Oil in the Muddy Waters of the Gulf Shore, Rocky Kistner, NRDC, December 22, 2010:

Paul and Michael Orr jump into their 17-foot Boston Whaler... searching for samples of seafood and sediment located in the oil damaged bayous of Louisiana. ...

[F]urther back in the marsh grass... brown streaks stain the mud and sand, and a smell of oil wafts up from the reeds. I push my foot into the soft mud and sandy soil and an oily sheen of waters bubbles up, spreading like gasoline poured on a puddle.

This is dramatic evidence the oil is still here. It's stuck here and saturated the ground like a brown poisonous tide. ...

Paul digs up samples of oily mud and soil and stuffs them into sterilized jars. The smell test is pretty clear. No doubt this is oil, no doubt it’s soaked into the muddy sediment. “This is pretty discouraging,” Paul says. “It wasn’t that much different when we sampled in August back here.”

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