Oil found on Terrebonne Parish's Whiskey Island

Oil found on Terrebonne Parish's Whiskey Island

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In a photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, the crew aboard the motor vessel Poppa John train to deploy fire-resistant oil-containment boom off the coast of Venice, La.,Monday May 3, 2010. The crew is being trained to deploy the boom and pass it along to shrimp boats whose captains have been trained to tow it during an in situ burn. (AP Photo/U.S. Coast Guard/Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley)

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by Associated Press

wwltv.com

Posted on May 12, 2010 at 4:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 12 at 4:55 PM

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana officials say oil has washed up at Whiskey Island, farther west than it's been seen so far.

Photos show thick, glossy globs called tar balls on the barrier island off the coast of Terrebonne Parish.

A statement Wednesday says an aerial survey also found possible oil at neighboring Raccoon Island, but that hasn't been confirmed.

The Raccoon, Whiskey and Wine islands are in the Terrebonne Barrier Islands Refuge.

The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries describes Raccoon Island as one of the most important waterbird nesting areas on the coast.

Oil was found earlier at South Pass and the Chandeleur Islands.

It says bad weather has kept crews from working at other spots where oil was found on shore.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

 

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