From Green Right Now Reports
Tarballs and an oil sheen were spotted on Lake Pontchartrain and in the Rigolets on Monday, prompting crews to put 600 feet of hard and soft boom at a “choke point” to stop more oil from getting into the lake, according to government reports.
More than 20 vessels responded to the site, collecting more than 1,000 pounds of tar balls and waste, which will be tested to see if it comes from the leaking Deepwater Horizon/BP well. The clean up operation continues today.
Testing has confirmed that tar balls collected on Crystal Beach in Texas’ Bolivar Peninsula earlier in the holiday weekend did apparently come from the BP oil spill. But “it is unclear how the material got to Texas,” according to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response team.
“The testing found that the oil was lightly weathered, raising doubts that the oil traversed the Gulf from the spill source. Boats carry oil collected during the response to Texas for processing raising the possibility the oil could have been transported on a vessel,” according to a government news release.
The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office and the City of Galveston patrolled the beaches by helicopter and on foot during the July 4th weekend, discovering dime- to nickel-sized tar balls on both Crystal Beach and Galveston’s East Beach. Clean up details recovered about 35 gallons of tar balls mixed with seaweed and sand on the two beaches, and estimated that about 7 gallons of the mix consisted of tar balls.
The three agencies have set up a command post in Galveston; all beaches and Southeast Texas waterways remain open.