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Report on Oil Sightings throughout Coastal Louisiana

BATON ROUGE (July 12, 2010) - The below is a situational awareness report of oil impacted areas led by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the Louisiana Army National Guard and local governments.

Note: The information in this report has been forwarded to the federal incident command post in Houma, which is composed of U.S. Coast Guard and BP officials. This report consists of newly impacted areas, and does not serve as a comprehensive listing of impacted areas.


Sightings Report July 12, 2010


St. Bernard Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass located on an unnamed island in Kerchimbo Bay 3 miles S of Shell Island.
  • Sighting: Oil Impacting marsh grass located in Live Oak Bayou on Turtle Pen Isle.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting small unnamed island located in Drum Bay 3 miles NW of Keel Boat Isle.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass located on an unnamed island in Deadmans Bayou 2 miles E of Catfish Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting Island located on the S side of Hell Pass Coast, 1 mile NE of Catfish Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting an unnamed island located 1 mile ENE of Rawhead Island.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting the S side of Dry Bread Island.
  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting the entire N side of Comfort Island.
  • Sighting: Oil located in Fox Bay 3 miles W of Martin Island.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting shoreline located on the S side of Garner Island.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass on the shoreline located from Fiddler Point extending 2 miles north in to Seven Dollar Bay.
  • Sighting: Sheen with tar balls located 1 mile NE of Mozambique Point.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil impacting unnamed island located 1 mile E of Scow Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting entire S shore of Point Lydia.
  • Sighting: Sheen located .5 miles E of Point Gardner.
  • Sighting: Oil with tar balls located in Bayou Terre Aux Boeufs .75 miles NW of Mozambique Point.
  • Sighting: Red streamers with tar balls located 7 miles E of the Chandeleur Islands.
  • Sighting: Oil streamers located offshore 12 miles E of Boot Island.
  • Sighting: Oil in grass located on an unnamed island in Kerchimbo Bay 2 miles ESE of Mink Island.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting grass located on the S side of Turtle Pen isle.
  • Sighting: Oil with tar balls located in Morgan Harbor 1.5 miles N of Paulina Point.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting shore of an unnamed island located in Seven Dollar Bay 2 miles WNW of Gardner Island.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting the shoreline located on the E side of Fiddler Point.



Plaquemines Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Gray sheen located 5.3 miles SE of Barataria Pass.
  • Sighting: Heavy oil located on West and East Fourchon Beaches.
  • Sighting: 10 yard by 1/2 mile long oil mass located 2.75 miles N of East Grand Terre Island.
  • Sighting: Heavy orange globules in ribbons and sheen located in vicinity of Pelican Island.
  • Sighting: Light gray sheen located in East Grand Terre Canal.
  • Sighting: Light gray sheen located in canal between Bay Long and Bay Ronquille.
  • Sighting: Gray sheen located in southeastern portion of Bay Long.
  • Sighting: 200 foot by 200 foot mass of sheen located in 2.19 miles E/SE of Manilla.
  • Sighting: Patches of oil in the marsh located on the southeastern shoreline of Grise Bourbe Island.
  • Sighting: Three large patches of oil located 1 mile SW of Jessies Island.
  • Sighting: Sheen with orange emulsified oil located 4 miles W of the West Jetty of the Southwest Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil located 1.75 miles SW of Lonesome Island.
  • Sighting: 1.5 miles by .25 mile oil sheen located in northern East Bay, 2.43 miles SE of Cockler Bay
  • Sighting: Non-recoverable oil located 8.9 miles E of the southern tip of the East Jetty of the SW Pass
  • Sighting: 1/4 mile by 1/4 mile bands of oil located 1.86 miles W of the West Jetty of the Southwest Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil mass 2.7 miles wide located 6.5 miles W of Pass Du Bois.
  • Sighting: 100' by 150' dark brown oil located 3.37 miles W of Curfew Point.
  • Sighting: Patches of oil located 0.67 miles W of Lake Campo Pass on the northeastern shoreline of Bay of River Aux Chenes.
  • Sighting: 20 yard by 5 yard masses of oil located 4 miles W of the Southwest Pass Lighthouse.
  • Sighting: Oil located 5.20 miles E of Kelly Gap.
  • Sighting: Oil located 6 miles SW of the mouth of the Southwest Pass.
  • Sighting: Brown/Red oil located in the northern shoreline of Black Bay 1.25 miles NE of Grise Bourbe Island.
  • Sighting: Oil in the grass located in NE Bay Gardene 1 mile NE of Lost Bayou.
  • Sighting: Impact oil to shore line located 2 miles W of Tom Lear Pass in southern part of Joes Bay.
  • Sighting: Oiled vegetation along with tar balls located in SW Scott Bay.
  • Sighting: Oil in grass located in northwestern Barataria Bay 1.28 miles SW of mouth of Wilkinson Bay.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting 70 feet of the southeastern shoreline of Wilkinson Bay.
  • Sighting: Oil in the grass located in the approximate center of the northern shoreline of Bay Batiste.
  • Sighting: Tar balls in sheen located 19 miles SE of the Barataria Pass.
  • Sighting: Patches of oil in sheen running north and south located 11.33 miles W of the West Jetty of the Southwest Pass.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Massive oil sheen with large tar balls located in Lake Washington 2 miles E of Grande Ecaille
  • Sighting: Thick oil with sheen located in Billet Bay 2.25 miles SSE of Grande Ecaille.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 7.25 miles S of Pelican Island.
  • Sighting: Patches of oil located offshore 7.8 miles SSW of Sandy Point.
  • Sighting: 20 yards wide by 6 miles long Oil patch located offshore 6.5 miles NW of the Southwest Pass Lighthouse.
  • Sighting: Large area of oil sheen with oil patches throughout located offshore 2.25 miles W of the West Jetty.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 7 miles SW of the East Jetty.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 28 miles E of Breton Islands.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 30 miles E of Grand Gosier Islands.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 45 miles E of Grand Gosier Islands.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 53 miles E of Breton Islands.
  • Sighting: Oil streamers located offshore 38 miles E Harris Island.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 29 miles E of Harris Island.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 23 miles E of the North East Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen with pancakes located offshore 22 miles E of South Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen with pancakes located offshore 16 miles E of South Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen with pancakes located offshore 10 miles E of South Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil pancakes located 7 miles SE of South Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen located offshore 11 miles SE of South Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh located on the SE side of Deer Island Bayou.
  • Sighting: Oil located in Black Bay 1 mile SW of Jessies Island
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass and land located on Pelican Island.
  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting marsh located near the mouth of South East Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil streamers located offshore 6 miles W of the Southwest Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen located 6 miles W of Stake Island Bayou.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 6 miles WSW of Pass Tante Phine.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located offshore 1.5 miles SW of Bog Pond.
  • Sighting: Sheen located .75 miles ESE of Point Cheniere Ronquille.
  • Sighting: Tar balls located .50 miles S of Pass Abel.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh throughout Bayou Lost.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh on an unnamed island located in Bay Crab near Triple Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh located 2 miles S of Belle Isle.
  • Sighting: Oil located 1 mile E of the mouth of the North Pass.
  • Sighting: Sheen located 2 miles SE of Big Island.
  • Sighting: Sheen with tar balls impacting marsh grass located in Bay
  • Batiste 2.5 miles NE of Big Island.
  • Sighting: Sheen with tar balls located in Bay Jimmy.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass on an unnamed island located 1 mile NNE of Saint Marys Point.



Jefferson Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Sheen located in Barataria Pass near Fort Livingston
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located in Barataria Bay 2.5 miles E of Queen Bess Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located 5 miles S of Caminada Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located 10 miles S of Caminada Pass.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: 100 yards wide by mile long patch of oil located in Bayou Rigaud
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located inside the inner boom of Queen Bess Island.
  • Sighting: Large oil streamer located offshore 9 miles SSE of the W end of Grand Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen with tar patties located offshore 12.25 miles SSE of the W end of Grand Island.
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 18 miles S of the W end of Isle Grande Terre.



Lafourche Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil observed on shore of Brenton Sound
  • Sighting: Heavily oiled marsh .5 miles SE of Coffee Bay Oil field.
  • Sighting: Oil on marsh .3 miles WSW of Bayou Parlourde.
  • Sighting: Fresh oil located on East Fourchon Beach .25 miles long and inch thick.
  • Sighting: Weathered oil located .5 miles W of Bay Champagne.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located 2.5 miles WSW of the Chevron Fourchon Heliport.
  • Sighting: Oil with sheen covering an area 10 to 15 miles long by 4 miles wide located 7 miles E of the Chevron Fourchon Heliport.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen with tar balls located just off the E side of Casse-tete Island
  • Sighting: Tar balls located in the middle of Caminada Bay.
  • Sighting: Oil with tar balls impacting the marsh grass on the E end the Southwestern Louisiana Canal.
  • Sighting: Oil located in the NW end of Bay Desespere



Terrebonne Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil Patties located 24 miles WSW of Atchafalaya Bay.
  • Sighting: Tar balls located 9 miles W of Atchafalaya Bay.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen on surface with streamers at mouth of Big Bayou Dularge.
  • Sighting: Oil slick at mouth of Grand Calliou Bayou.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen 100 yards by 2.5 miles in Bay Round.
  • Sighting: Oiled mangroves on N side of Whiskey Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located 9.8 miles SW of Whiskey Island.
  • Sighting: Oil on grass 1.5 miles SE Little Caillou Bayou.
  • Sighting: Recoverable oil located on E side of Rock Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen 100by400 yards located between Timbalier and Wine Island wide.
  • Sighting: Oil patches, between 4''-6'' in diameter, on the gulf side beach on W end of Timbalier Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sighted 100yard by 100yard 25 miles S of Timbalier Island.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil sheen, tar balls, and patties located offshore 4.6 miles S of Little mosquito Bayou
  • Sighting: Oil sheen, tar balls, and patties located offshore 4.5 S of Oyster Bayou Lighthouse.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen, tar balls, and patties located offshore 7 miles SSE of Oyster Bayou Lighthouse.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen, tar balls, and patties located offshore 3 miles SW of Pelican Island.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen, tar balls, and patties located offshore mile S of the mouth of Bayou Goreau
  • Sighting: Ribbon of oil located in Caillou Bay 2 S of Bayou Charbon.
  • Sighting: Light patches of oil spanning over an area 10 yards x 1/2 mile long located at the entrance to Caillou Grand Bayou.
  • Sighting: 1 mile long x 100 yards wide oil sheen located in Lake Pelto located 2.75 miles W of Bodwin Point
  • Sighting: Oil impacting the marsh grass on the W side of the entrance to Bay Chaland
  • Sighting: Oil located offshore 8.6 miles SW of Timbalier Island.
  • Sighting: Broken up oil just below the surface one square mile wide located in an unnamed bay on the S side Caillou Lake.
  • Sighting: 3 nautical mile area of tar balls located offshore 2.5 miles S of Oyster Bayou Lighthouse.



Orleans Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located near the HWY 90 Bridge by Fort Pike.
  • Sighting: Oil impacting marsh grass located in Blind Bayou 1.5 miles N of Shell Point.



St. Tammany Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Light oil sheen located at 4739 Pontchartrain Dr., Slidell.
  • Sighting: Oiled vegetation located about 1 mile S of Eden Isles between I-10 and HWY 11.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Tar balls located in Lake Pontchartrain near the N end of the HWY 11 Bridge



Cameron Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Possible tar ball located on west Cameron Parish beach W 3.75 miles from Johnson's bayou
  • Sighting: Various size tar balls located on Rutherford Beach

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: 2 large tar/oil mats located approximately 18 miles offshore SSE of Sabine Lake
  • Sighting: Tar balls located on Mae's Beach just W of Parish Road 532
  • Sighting: Tar balls located on Ocean View Beach .2 miles W of JB Lane
  • Sighting: Tar balls located on Holly Beach S of Barataria Boulevard
  • Sighting: Tar balls on Rutherford Beach State Park just W of West Avenue
  • Sighting: Large streamers of emulsified oil, size ranging from 40 feet to 1 mile wide with sheen located 11 miles S of Miller Lake



Iberia Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Tar balls located 19 miles S offshore of Marsh Island.
  • Sighting: Light sheen and froth located on entire Gulf side of Marsh Island
  • Sighting: Oil Spots and oil slick 16 miles South of Vermillion Block 67
  • Sighting: Oil patties 15miles South of Marsh Island.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: 5 to10 mile long oil streamers with patties located 26 miles S of Marsh Island



Vermilion Parish:
Date: July 12, 2010
  • Sighting: Pancakes located 2.75 miles in Vermillion intra coastal area.

Date: July 11, 2010
  • Sighting: Several ribbons of emulsified oil located offshore 5.25 miles SSW of Flat Lake.
  • Sighting: 2 patches of oil 25 feet wide with surrounding sheen located 9 miles S of the mouth of the Freshwater Bayou.
  • Sighting: One patch of oil with surrounding sheen located 12.5 miles S of the mouth of the Freshwater Bayou.



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