Later in the day a large BP clean-up crew showed up and attempted to extract the oil in that area.
Thibodaux's Daily Comet reported that over a ton of oil has been recovered in the wake of Tropical Storm Karen according to the Coast Guard. The article is incorrect in that it implies the oil was discovered by BP crews during a standard clean up process but it was actually discovered by Wisner employees monitoring the beach. This is important because this area, "Zone 4", was taken out of response by BP after they labeled it "clean" and that it needed "no further response". Not that this was the Daily Comet reporter's intention but the article implies that BP is continually monitoring this area and that is simply not true.
Here are some of the pix I took. I actually shot video but I had a camera issue so I'm just showing stills here.
|A clump of oil|
|A large weathered "tar ball"|
|Multiple tar balls clumped together|
|Tar ball on some seashells|
|Another tar ball|
|A "tar ball" washes in as I was shooting|
|Clean up crew attempting to extract the oil mat|
|At first we could only see the edge of the mat due to the tide|
|As the tide receded the size of the mat became clearer|
|Workers attempting to remove the oil|
|The workers could could only get to the oil that washed ashore, not the oil still below the surface of the water|
BP has already designated this area as needing "no further response" and declared cleanup efforts in Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida "complete" according to the Daily Comet article.
Meanwhile, I've got some explosive news regarding the DHECC I'm going to share with you by week's end....stay tuned.