HOUMA, La.–(ENEWSPF)–July 4, 2010. Crews throughout the Deepwater Horizon response branches in Louisiana are checking deployed boom and surveying for additional oil deposits after heavy weather moved through the area beginning Sunday, June 27.
Heavy winds and waves have blown sand across beaches, burying oil and boom. Reports of damaged and stranded boom have been received from Plaquemines, Terrebonne, Iberia, Jefferson and Lafourche parishes. Crews are beginning a systematic effort to repair any boom that has been damaged.
Heavy waves have eroded sand along beaches exposing oil that had been buried by natural sand build-up along the coasts. Beaches in Grand Isle, La., in particular, have had sand eroded away exposing buried oil.
“There is a long-term treatment plan for Grand Isle which includes the collection and washing of oiled sand including buried oil,” said Don Ballard, the operations director for the Grand Isle branch. “Part of this plan includes collecting and storing oiled sand in piles for later cleaning. At no time has clean sand been used by clean-up crews to cover or bury oil or oiled sand.”
Crews in Grand Isle will be available to the media Sunday, July 4, as beach clean-up operations resume. The clean-up event will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the Capital Street entrance to the beach on Grand Isle. No vehicles are allowed on beach or on the ramp over the sand dune.