Posted: Jun 8, 2011 3:08 PM
Source: Associated Press
BELLE CHASSE, La. - Plaquemines Parish Billy Nungesser says oil has been spotted in the waters off the coast near Venice.
Nungesser told WWL-TV that he believes the seven-mile slick is from the BP spill.
He says there have been no recent reports to the Coast Guard of spilled oil in the area.
The oil has not been confirmed to be from the BP spill that spewed millions of gallons of oil after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010.
The Coast Guard has sent pollution investigators to the scene to take samples, which will be sent to a lab for testing.
There is also a helicopter making aerial observations.