New oil surfaces near Elmer’s Island, Houma Today, February 22, 2011:
New oil is still washing up on local beaches, including Elmer’s Island, 10 months after BP’s Deepwater Horizon explosion, state officials said. ...
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries say they’ve been told that the clean-up partners are planning to “pack up shop” at the end of this month.
Secretary Robert Barham called the departure “unacceptable,” especially since new oil is being discovered in places like Bay Jimmy, Red Fish Bay and Pass-a-Loutre.
Oiled birds are still being recovered in these areas and others. A dolphin was also rescued from the area recently and later released off the Florida coast, Barham said.
The most “distressing” report, though, comes out of Elmer’s Island, near Grand Isle. Barham said there’s “new oil” showing up on its beaches, including tar balls and a submerged mat” of crude.