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Over 1,000 Pounds of Oil from E-4 Berm Removed

CHANDELEUR ISLANDS (July 27, 2010) - Today, Louisiana National Guardsmen with the 225th Engineer Brigade collected 28 bags or approximately 700 pounds of oily debris on the state built E-4 berm at the Chandeleur Island chain. This comes on the heals of another 500 pounds of oily debris that was previously discovered, totaling 1,200 pounds of oiled debris removed to date.

The E-4 berm was a part of Governor Jindalís multifaceted strategy for fighting oil off the coast. Beach fronts and sand berms are recognized by oil spill response officials and the U.S. Coast Guard as best practices for collection and removal of oil. Both the Coast Guard and BP contractors recommend that oil be allowed to collect along the shore for removal as a more effective measure than a booming defense strategy.

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