With the passing of Tropical Storm Karen this weekend, contractors picked up 33 pounds of oily material off Elmer’s Island and about 23 pounds off Grand Isle on Monday afternoon after the stormy water helped bring mainly tar balls to beach areas of southern Louisiana.
Contractors returned to the beaches Tuesday and it’s expected the amounts will be higher than Monday because it was a full workday, said Michael Anderson, public information officer with the U.S. Coast Guard Gulf Coast Incident Management Team.
The amount of oily material picked up from Elmer’s Island was well above the normal 2 pounds per day before the storm, he said.
In addition, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and others walked the beaches Tuesday and found an oil mat/tarball area measuring about 3 by 12 feet and another one nearby at 1 foot by 1 foot; both will be cleaned up Wednesday, he said.
On Wednesday, workers will go to areas of concern like Barataria Bay where oil was left in marshes because it would have caused more harm to remove the oil than to let it be, he said.
The inspections of a number of sites will be used to see if that oil has moved and if there is cleanup that needs to be done.