Tar mats ‘size of school buses’, Biloxi Sun Herald, July 8, 2010:
Harrison County Emergency Manager Rupert Lacy said the material in Harrison County was “tar mats and patties … kind of the consistency of liver.” It was coming in over a 5- to 6-mile stretch from about a mile west of the harbor to the eastern edge of Pass Christian. He said the material was in large mats, floating near the bottom, and breaking up and washing onto the beach in smaller pieces.
Long Beach Fire Chief George Bass, the city’s emergency manager, said Wednesday night there were some tar mats in the water “the size of school buses.” ...
Lacy said he suspects rough seas the last few days had “pushed the [oil] product down,” and as seas are returning to normal the tar is rolling onto the beach