Tar Balls, Oily Pelicans Found in Isaac’s Wake

Environmental officials in Louisiana are facing a pollution problem in the wake of Hurricane Isaac after they found tar balls on beaches and oil-covered birds along the coast.

A large mat of oil and blobs of tar prompted local authorities to close a 12-mile (19-km) stretch of coastline on Elmer’s Island, a barrier beach about 50 miles (80 km) south of New Orleans. . .

http://www.livescience.com/22948-tar-balls-oily-pelicans-found-in-isaac-s-wake.html

[This isn’t about Assumption Parish but the BP oil redeaux spill from Isaac may later affect the flooded areas inland.]

Effective immediately, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham announced an emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due to the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on adjacent beaches.

This isn’t about Louisiana (yet) but it may have similar story later …. a ton of dead swamp rats in Miss.

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