July 5th, 2010
03:51 PM ET

Tar balls hit Lake Pontchartrain shores

Tar balls believed to be from the undersea gusher in the Gulf of Mexico have reached the shores of Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain, a foundation that monitors the watershed reported Monday.

The affected area covers a stretch of up to five miles near the city of Slidell, east of New Orleans, said Anne Rheams, executive director of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. She estimated the amount of oil that has reached the lake at less than 100 barrels, and there was no sign of impact to wildlife as of Monday.

"They are about the size of a silver dollar, maybe a little bigger, kind of dispersed in long intervals. It's not as dense as it could be, so we're thankful for that," Rheams said.

Researchers have estimated that between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels (1.5 million to 2.5 million gallons) of oil have been gushing from a BP oil well into the Gulf daily since April 20, when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana.

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soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. tarball

    Louisiana loves oil. Now you are covered in love. Hot , nasty , sticky , smelly, toxic, poisonous and flammable love. Oh, yeah. You asked for it, you got it. Drill,baby,drill.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      tarball: you're a dik.

      July 5, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    About one barrel (42 gallons) every two seconds, every minute of every day, twenty four hours a day with no real end in sight.

    July 5, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tarry tar tar

    Republi-Klan teabaggers spreading the hate again. Spill baby spill!

    July 5, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ttaj

    Watch the video to see the scale of how deep in the ocean they are drilling


    July 6, 2010 at 12:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. Smith in Oregon

    Every night, CNN's Anderson Cooper has a duo of angry Parish Presidents expressing their anger about the ongoing Oil recovery and clean-up efforts. Unfortunately this totally one sided view is entirely lacking in actually informing the CNN viewers on the background of decades of Louisiana's favoritism to Oil and Gas drilling has been to destroying those marshes.

    What the angry Louisiana Parish Swamp Presidents are not telling the American public is that since Oil and Gas companys began dredging the marshes for Oil and Gas wells decades ago, Louisiana has lost 2,000 miles of wetlands and marshes.

    Where were those Parish protectors all those years as big Oil destroyed 2,000 Miles of marshes? This year in March 2010 before the Louisiana BP Oil gushing disaster, President Obama began the First comprehensive Louisiana wetlands plan to help repair thousands of miles of Louisiana marshes that already were destroyed before the Louisiana Oil gusher even began. President Obama is the first President to directly address the disappearing marshes in Louisiana due to the dredging for Oil and Gas wells and yet those Parish Presidents now appear to be slapping Obama in the face for his efforts?

    It is a complete lapse for CNN's Anderson Cooper to not inform its viewers that extensive wide-scale damage to Louisiana's Marshes have occured directly by the Oil and Gas exploration in Louisiana long before the latest Louisiana BP Oil gusher in the Gulf of Mexico. Where were these angry Parish Presidents during all the past decades as 2,000 Miles of these same marshes disappeared?

    July 6, 2010 at 4:59 am | Report abuse |
  6. Yvonne

    Why don't the average persons in the Gulf area take their own garbage bags and shovles & help with the clean up on shore? Maybe BP could even set up weigh points where the locals could weigh in what they picked up & get reinbursed for their efforts.

    July 6, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
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