Posted: Sep 13, 2011 8:55 AM by WBRZ staff
Updated: Sep 13, 2011 8:55 AM
PORT FOURCHON - BP is sending cleanup crews back to Fourchon Beach because erosion from Tropical Storm Lee unearthed miles of tar balls, tar mats and abandoned cleanup equipment left from last year's oil spill.
A company spokesman says 90 workers and 17 technicians will clean the beach, with the work going on seven days a week.
In addition to the old oil, the erosion uncovered PVC pipes used to secure boom and snares used to absorb oil.
The oil was found by field inspector Forrest Travirca of the Edward Wisner Donation - a private land trust that owns about 9.5 miles of Fourchon Beach.
He estimates that eight miles of the beach are affected.
He found the oil while checking for damage from Tropical Storm Lee.