Seven months later, oil sightings "regular"

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 5:10pm

MYRTLE GROVE, LA (WVLA) - Nearly seven months after oil started flowing in the Gulf, crews are still finding new patches on the surface and in nearby marshland.

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Department still heads out on the water with DRC, a cleanup company from Alabama looking for new signs of oil. Parish President Billy Nungesser says his office gets a report of new oil very regularly.

Bay Jimmy was one of the hardest hit spots in the Crisis on the Coast. At its peak, oil was three inches deep on the surface. There's still oil in some of the marshlands. Some spots are heavily oiled.

Dr. Ed Overton is will the LSU School of Coast and Environment. He says the spots that have oiled, will see that oil for several years. As for the effects on the marsh and nearby wildlife, he says the full effects might not be known for a year or even longer.

Overton says there are ways to flush the oil out of the marsh, but the effects of that won't be known for a year. He says that could be the same amount of time if the oil was allowed to act naturally.

Stay with NBC33 News and for more coverage in Recovering from the Crisis on the Coast.

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