Louisiana authorities report oil sightings from Gulf of Mexico spill


Here is a list, released by Louisiana emergency officials, of areas where oil was sighted recently. The list is not a comprehensive tally of areas affected by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Plaquemines Parish


  • Submerged oil stirred up by boat 4.6 miles northwest of the Grand Gosier Islands.
  • Submerged oil stirred up by boat 7.6 miles east of the Breton Islands.
  • Oil sheen 1.75 miles northeast of the mouth of the Kimbel Pass.
  • Oil sheen 2.4 miles east of the southern mouth of Pass a Loutre.
  • Oil, tar balls, and sheen in water and cane grass on the east jetty of the Southeast Pass.
  • Oil, tar balls, and sheen in water and cane grass on the west jetty of the Southeast Pass.


  • Heavy tar found 6 to 8 inches under the sand 0.95 mile west of the entrance to Chaland Pass.
  • Heavy tar 30 yards long by 6 feet found 4 inches under the sand 3.2 miles east of the entrance to Chaland Pass.


  • Half mile of oil on an unnamed marsh island on the southwest side of Bay Jimmy.
  • Tar balls on the beach on the east side of the Scofield Bayou south entrance.
  • Tar patties in an area 1 mile long by 20 yards wide in West Bay 2.15 miles northwest of Outlet W-2.
  • Tar balls, 6 feet to 12 feet in diameter, in a large area of Scott Bay, 08 mile north-northwest of Double Bayou.
  • Oil droplets, 3 inches in diameter, with some slightly submerged oil 1 mile west-southwest of the Southwest Pass Lighthouse.
  • Heavy oil sheen with surface oil droplets and submerged oil in an area 2,500 feet long and 300 feet wide, 0.85 mile west of the Southwest Pass East Jetty.
  • Dark oil and tar balls by the South Pass West Jetty.


  • Oil with the consistency of peanut butter, 10 feet long and 2 feet wide, 1.46 miles east of Bay La Mer.
  • Oil on the beach, in an area 2 feet wide and 25 feet long, 1.76 miles east of Bay La Mer.
  • Oil patty, 4 feet in diameter and 4 inches thick, 0.95 miles west of Chaland Pass.

St Bernard Parish


  • Small, light brown tar balls, in an area 2 yards wide and 200 yards long, in Drum Bay 1.25 miles east of Anderson Point.

Lafourche Parish


  • Emulsified oil with sheen and brown and red particulates 9 miles south-southeast of the east end of Timbalier Island.
  • Fresh tar balls on the northwest side of East Timbalier Island.

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