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Report on Oil Sightings throughout Coastal Louisiana

Baton Rouge (August 23, 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 is unconfirmed by the state and has been forwarded to the federal incident command post in Houma, which is composed of U.S. Coast Guard and BP officials, for their action. This report consists of newly impacted areas, and does not serve as a comprehensive listing of impacted areas.

Sightings Report August 23, 2010

St. Bernard:

  • Sighting: Oil sheen located in the Chandelier Sound 4.1 miles NW of the Curlew Islands.


  • Sighting: 1 inch tar balls impacting the shore for mile located 2.75 miles NNE of Mud Bay.
  • Sighting: 2 inch light brown tar balls impacting the shore of an unnamed island in East Bay located 1.15 miles SW of Grand Pass.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located in SE end of Wilkerson Bay.
  • Sighting: Heavy tar 20 feet long by 10 feet wide and 12 inches deep impacting the beach behind Bay Joe Wise.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located in Rattlesnake Bayou 1 mile NE of Grande Ecaille.
  • Sighting: Half mile long area of fresh oil and tar balls impacting the South Burrwood Beach by the Pilot House area.


  • Sighting: Oil sheen located offshore 1.5 miles SSW of the SE end of Elmer's Island.


  • Sighting: Brownish red tar balls inch to 2 inches in diameter impacting the entire length of West Beach S of Bay Marchand.
  • Sighting: 200 yard by 200 yard area of oil sheen located Bayou Lafourche mile N of the Flotation Canal.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen 50 feet wide by 1 mile long located 3.15 ESE of Bay Champagne.
  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting the beach on East Fourchon Beach to Elmers Island 10 yards above the water line.
  • Sighting: Three oil plumes approximately 100 feet wide by 1 mile long located 3.5 miles SW of the E end of Elmer's Island and .4 miles offshore.
  • Sighting: Oil sheen located 5 miles SE of the Belle Pass mouth.


  • Sighting: mile in diameter area of oil sheen with tar balls located in Timbalier Bay 4.25 miles NNW of Brush Island.

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