Lake Pontchartrain: Tar Balls & Oil Slicks Invade

July 6, 2010

Every day the BP Oil spill reaches further and further, and now it’s affecting parts of Texas and Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain. Tar Balls & oil have now washed up on the beaches and have caused some closures in the inland water. Continue reading for more on this dilemma, with photos and a video.

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With the recent Hurricane Alex that swept through the Gulf of Mexico, what scientists feared about hurricane season is coming true. The Deep Horizon affects are now reaching places that were recently undisturbed. And with more tropical weather approaching, fears are growing.

The people in this area have been trying to stave off the spill since it started, and though the Lake Pontchartrain tar balls aren’t as bad as they could be, it has definitely caused problems. Anne Rheams, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation stated:

“They are about the size of a silver dollar, maybe a little bigger, kind of dispersed in long intervals. It’s not as dense as it could be, so we’re thankful for that.”

They have had to close the southern part of the body of water, and that is now affecting the fishing industry which hadn’t been bothered in this area until now. Rheams, and others that are investigating are sure it is from the April 20th explosion and ensuing spill.

“They’ve got to be from the spill. The main thing is that they are an indicator that it could be coming more so this way.”

As for the reaction in Texas, the Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said:

“We’ve said since Day One that if and when we have an impact from Deepwater Horizon, it would be in the form of tarballs. This shows that our modeling is accurate. Any Texas shores impacted by the Deepwater spill will be cleaned up quickly and BP will be picking up the tab.”

This makes more people that are tired of this ongoing problem. The Lake Pontchartrain tar balls are just the next issue, and being only about a month into hurricane season who knows what will come next. Tell me what you think about the growing epidemic and BP’s response. Also enjoy these photos and video.

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