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Report on Oil Sightings throughout Coastal Louisiana

Baton Rouge (August 24, 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 24, 2010

Plaquemines:

  • Sighting: Approximately 1.25 miles of oil impacting the shoreline on an unnamed island on the NW side of Bay Jimmy.
  • Sighting: Possible subsurface oil located offshore 2.9 miles NW of Mud Bay.
  • Sighting: Tar balls and pancakes impacting the beach for mile located at the Southwest Pass outlet 1.9 miles SSW of the East Jetty.
  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting the beach for 600 feet with oil sheen just offshore .36 miles E of Burrwood Bayou.
  • Sighting: Tar pancakes impacting the shore for 400 feet on an unnamed island in the W end of Lighthouse Bayou.

Jefferson:

  • Sighting: 10 to 15 small rust colored globules retrieved when hauling in trawl and anchor on the W side of Spoonbill Bay.

Lafourche:

  • Sighting: mile long by 200 feet wide area of oil sheen with brown oil mixed in located offshore .4 miles W of Bay Marchand.
  • Sighting: Oil slick with sheen and brown blobs located offshore 1.4 miles SSE of the end of Highway 3090.

Cameron:

  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting the beach .44 miles WSW of Smith Bayou.
  • Sighting: A 6 inch diameter by inch thick tar ball located on the beach 1.9 miles E of Smith Bayou.
  • Sighting: A 6 inch diameter by 1 inch thick tar ball located on the beach .4 miles SSW of the Johnsons Bayou Heliport.
  • Sighting: A 6 inch diameter by 1 inch thick tar ball located on the beach .55 miles SE of the Johnsons Bayou Heliport.
  • Sighting: Tar balls impacting Holly Beach S of Porpoise Boulevard.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit http://www.emergency.louisiana.gov. Connect with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter as @GOHSEP at http://www.twitter.com/GOHSEP. View photos from the state's response efforts at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lagohsep.

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