Oil confirmed by local official — 5-mile stretch seen offshore; Oil already reached Grand Isle, Port Fouchon

Spill reported off Grand Isle confirmed to be oil, Daily Comet, March 20, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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…Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chiasson confirmed this morning that the substance is oil, but officials have not determined where it came from.

After completing an aerial survey of the spill with Jefferson Parish John F. Young Jr. this afternoon, Chiasson said they saw patches of “light- to moderate-weathered oil” starting about three miles from the Caminada Pass in the Gulf, stretching out at least five miles. He said oil has also reached beaches in Grand Isle and Port Fourchon. …

Grand Isle Fire Chief Aubrey Chiasson said he first heard of the substance Saturday afternoon, after officials started calling him. Originally, the substance was thought to be silt or dredging material, but later reports confirmed it is oil. …

“We had a report from a crabber that it’s black oil,” Chiasson said.

h/t Michele Walker-Harmon

1 comment to Oil confirmed by local official — 5-mile stretch seen offshore; Oil already reached Grand Isle, Port Fouchon

  • Walter Sobchak

    This is what is happening:

    1. BP sprayed massive amounts of dispersant (corexit) on the oil throughout the Deep Water Horizon crisis. This sank the oil to the sea-floor. Seasonal changes in the currents and tide have started washing up that dispersed oil on to our beaches & has been killing wild life recently. None of this is normal- it’s not algae, sediment or whatever else they are blaming it on.

    2. The government is refusing to admit this for two reasons. First, they believe it is in the long-term economic interest of the region to say that there has been no impact on the environment- even if that means selling out the people who live there now. Second, the British government has asserted all of their diplomatic pressure on us to absolve BP of any more financial liability. The reason why is that BP is the only remaining English company with a global image- and they want to keep that company in good shape. England is our #1 ally and we owe them a lot of favors- our government is providing them cover in this disaster and it’s shameful.

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