didya REALLY think it was over?
A new wave of black oil suddenly came ashore west of the Mississippi River on Friday and Saturday, coating beaches and fouling interior marshes, according to anglers’ reports. Ryan Lambert, owner of Buras-based Cajun Fishing Adventures, said about 16 miles of coastal beaches in Plaquemines Parish from Sandy Point to Chalon Pass were lined with black oil and tar balls. Meanwhile anglers returning to Lafitte told Sidney Bourgeois, of Joe’s Landing, that new oil was surfacing on the eastern side of Barataria Bay in the Bay Jimmie, Bay Wilkerson and in Bay Baptiste areas.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries confirmed the following oil sightings in Plaquemines Parish on Friday:
Half mile of oil located in the marsh of an unnamed marsh island on the SW side of Bay Jimmy.
One-mile long by 20 yards wide area of tar patties located in West Bay 2.15 miles NW of Outlet W-2.
Large area of 6 foot to 12 foot diameter tar balls locate in Scott Bay .8 miles NNW of Double Bayou.
2500 feet long by 300 feet wide area of heavy oil sheen with surface oil droplets and submerged oil located offshore .85 miles west of the Southwest Pass East Jetty.
“It’s just suddenly came up Friday and it’s along the beach for mile and miles, and drifting inside in some spots, ” Lambert said. “There were quite a few dead red fish on the beach, and just thousands of dead pogies (menhaden) inside the bays. And there a really big areas of sheen right off the beach.
“Everyone thinks this is over, but it’s not – not if we can still get soakings like this.”
Oil may have washed up in Coden, Bayou La Batre, say witnesses
Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2010, 5:00 AM
Ben Raines, Press-Register
Something that looked like weathered oil washed up in Coden and Bayou La Batre on Sunday and Monday, according to reports from people in the area.
Officials with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and BP said they had not received any reports of oil in the area.
The material was bunched up against the seawall in Coden on Sunday morning and again early Monday, said Jan Bryant Isham, who reported it to the Press-Register. No oil was present later Monday when the Press-Register visited the area.
Isham said she noticed a brown material and an accompanying light sheen Sunday during her regular weekend walk along the seawall. She provided camera-phone images of small patties, 1 to 3 inches across, floating along the seawall and out in open water.
“The tide was extremely low. I saw patties, weird stuff, in the morning. Then, yesterday afternoon, I saw several people parked by the seawall. They were seeing more of the stuff I saw,” she said Monday.
“I felt some of it. Some was gritty. It broke up on me,” she said. “It wasn’t extremely oily, but it did have an oil-type feel.”
Isham and others reported seeing BP cleanup crews working Monday morning from airboats in marshes near the material along the seawall. A BP spokesman said that activity was unrelated to any oil reports.
“I talked with our people in Coden. They said they picked up about 50 bags of snare and absorbent boom,” said Ray Melick, a BP spokesman. “This was a pre-approved operation, going from Bayou La Batre eastward. They are picking up boom that was out during the spill. They finished up Coffee Island (Sunday).”
He said the airboats were working in the marsh, cleaning the area.
Sandy Barnes, who lives in Bayou La Batre, said that she saw a lot of what she believes is oil.
“It came up on the high tide,” she said. “They had airboats out there, and we asked what they were doing. They just said they were cleaning the marsh, but we had seen the oil.”
Heather Byars, with ADEM, said her agency had been working in the area for days but never saw oil or received reports of it washing up.
“If we had been aware of something as specific as that, it would have been in our daily report,” Byars said Monday. “It was not in our report yesterday or today. I don’t think we were aware of that, if it was in fact oil. We did have some tarballs on the south side of Coffee Island a few days ago that we cleaned up. Today, we cleaned some grass lands.”