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September 16, 2012
Hurricane Isaac Washes Up 2010 Gulf Oil Spill Remnants
Waves from Hurricane Isaac uncovered oil previously buried along Gulf Coast beaches, exposing crude that wasn't cleaned up after the BP spill in 2010. Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well. According to the US Coast Guard, oiled pelicans and other wildlife have been found in Louisiana marshes as well. Hurricane Issac, which stirred up intense winds and dumped over a foot of rain in some parts of Louisiana, has also disturbed some deposits that hadn’t been cleaned up after the spill. Reports of tar balls washing up on beaches after the storm were reported in Alabama and Louisiana, the two states that got hit hard by BP's massive offshore oil spill.
I'm a Master Naturalist and an outdoor enthusiast -- mostly kayaking, and I live on a Peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay. I'm the author of The Nature Fan, Nature Fan Activists, Green Earth Almanac, and Amanda's Geographic. Formerly, I ran the nationally syndicated column "National Green Activism" for The Examiner, and I was a key factor in the success of many campaigns. Make sure you don't miss a post, and subscribe by email! Thanks for reading.