Oil Continues to Plague Plaquemines Marshlands

September 15, 2010

Thousands of gallons of oil continue to wash into inland waterways from oil infested marshlands. Over the past seven days the Plaquemines Parish Inland Waterways Strike Force, under the direction of Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, has collected 26,375 gallons of oil/water in Bay Jimmy.

President Nungesser also says oily waste and tar balls continue to be a problem with teams collecting 3,004 bags of oily waste from the beach at South East Pass, 4,306 bags of oily waste from the beach at South West Pass and 2,699 bags of Tar Balls from the beach at Pass Chaland.

Meanwhile the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries has removed the carcass of a sperm whale calf which washed up on the beach at South West Pass on September 12, 2010 and is conducting a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

President Nungesser says, “With the continued help of BP and the Coast Guard we are working constantly to restore the marshlands to their pre-spill condition.”

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