Tar Balls & Oil On Pontchartrain Lake Causes Closure Of Inland Water

July 6th, 2010 - 7:53 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

tar July 6, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): The BP oil spill is showing unpredictable things as recently the tar balls and oils washed up on the beaches of Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain, thus leading to the closure in the inland water.

When people were trawling near the Rigolets in Slidell on Sunday, a tar ball washed up near the Treasure Isle subdivision in Lake Pontchartrain. Fears are increasing now with the impending tropical weather drawing closer.

John Lopez, coastal sustainability program’s director said that the Hurricane Alex’s winds of last week brought the oil into the lake. For the first time, a huge amount of oil was pushed into the Mississippi Sound because of the winds. During the last few days, the oil got pushed into Lake Borgne, the Rigolets and later into the eastern stretches of Lake Pontchartrain.

The clean cup crews collected over 1,000 pounds of oil and waste by using the nets to scoop up the tar balls. BP has also installed four decontamination vessels and 19 manual skimming vessels for the purpose. It is also trying to prevent the entry of more oil into the lake by placing a 600-foot of hard and soft boom at a choke point in the Rigolets.

The local people are trying to get rid of the oil spill since the beginning. Luckily, the tar balls at the Lake Pontchartrain are not as bad as they could be. Still, it is creating problems here.

The executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Anne Rheams said, “These tar balls of the size of silver dollar or little larger are scattered in long intervals. We are very grateful that these are not as dense as it was possible.”

The fishing industry in the area is suffering the most as they had to close the southern water body.

The only solution of all these problems is further prevention of the oil spilling from its original source.

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