SLIDELL, La. - For the second day in a row, BP contracted workers picked up tiny tar balls in eastern St. Tammany Parish Tuesday.
Much of the effort was focused in the Rigolets Marina, east of Slidell.
"The oil is going to flow with tides," said Joan Antolik, a BP contracted oil spill cleanup worker.
"Just like water moves, so does the oil,” she explained. “I think it got broken up by the storm and it came in with the tides. Will more come? It depends on the weather."
Antolik and others used minnow nets to scoop up the quarter-sized tar balls, which look like wood chips in the water.
“There were some bigger ones here yesterday," Kevin Davis said while looking at the tar balls floating near the docks. "It's pretty much the smaller pieces that are left."
Off and on rain was an issue Tuesday, making it difficult to keep workers working.
"It's hard on the deployment side, to get them all geared up," Kevin Davis said. "You move them and then you've got to hold them. We've got to get a break in this weather so then we can move some more of them out here."
Davis said he requested more boats and workers to be deployed into eastern St. Tammany and along the Rigolets.
"We asked them immediately on Monday morning early to deploy additional Vessels of Opportunity in Orleans / St. Tammany," Davis said. "They began those phone calls yesterday. Everything though, is a process."
Between Sunday and Monday, workers scooped up more than 1,600 pounds of tar balls and oily waste.
"We got a little nervous yesterday," Davis said. "We discussed the possibility of mobilizing our fishing folks, just on our own, but I feel confident that with what we're doing today we've got a better handle on it."