Friday, May 14, 2010


Tar balls begin to arrive on shore

by Larry Geller

Most of the oil from the BP oil well leak will remain out of the direct sight of us landlubbers, so it is dramatic when the globs wash ashore. And here they come. Eight-inch tar balls have been reported.

Louisiana wildlife officials say workers have found huge tar balls littering the beach at Port Fourchon, some of them 8 inches across.

Laura Deslatte, a spokeswoman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, said Friday that the glossy globs of oil were found along the entire beach at Port Fourchon. Workers from her department have not yet seen so much oil washed up anywhere else.   [Huffington Post, Gulf Oil Spill: Eight-Inch Tar Balls Wash Up On Beach, 5/14/2010]

For Floridians, the oil spill is no longer something they just read about. It is something they can step into.

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