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PHOTO RELEASE: Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams Document Tar Balls in Fourchon Beach

BATON ROUGE (May 14, 2010) - Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams inspecting Fourchon beach on Thursday, May 13, documented substantial numbers of tar balls, some up to eight inches in diameter, along the entire beach.

SCAT teams are made up of representatives of federal and state agencies, including Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Department of Environmental Quality.

LDWF biologists also documented tar balls on the banks of Belle Pass, which is a few hundred yards north of the mouth of the waterway. Biologists documented approximately 25 nickel sized tar balls per square foot from the southwestern end of Fourchon beach to the midpoint of the beach. One biologist documented more than a dozen tar balls on the far western end of Elmer's Island.

Tar balls ranged from the size of nickels to up to eight inches in diameter.

To view tar ball pictures, visit this site: http://bit.ly/9SUWGG

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