More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Official predicts La. beaches will be under assault for 100 years

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

“I’ve been told by the ocean experts this stuff could hang out there on the bottom of the Gulf for more than 100 years. And as long as it’s out there, it can come ashore,” said Robert Barham, secretary of the state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, in 2010.

“We might not see big, black waves, but we may be seeing a smaller but serious problem for years and years to come.”

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