Louisiana Confirms Tar balls at South Pass

Release Date: 05/12/2010

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The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has confirmed the presence of tar balls at South Pass in Plaquemines Parish. Tar balls are sticky, dark-colored pieces of oil which occur after weatherization changes the physical characteristics of floating oil.

LDWF technicians working with oil spill response crews on boom maintenance around Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) spotted the tar balls that had washed ashore on the southeast side of the WMA .

The state continues to monitor coastal conditions and will assess any potential damage to Louisiana's coast and wetlands as impacts are reported.

For more information related to the oil spill, visit www.emergency.louisiana.gov Connect with us at www.facebook.com/GOHSEP and on Twitter at @GOHSEP.

For more information contact Bo Boehringer at 225-765-5115 or bboehringer@wlf.la.gov.