May 13, 2010 5:14 PM by Melissa Canone

Oily Debris Has Washed Up On Raccoon Island

RACCOON ISLAND, La. (AP) - Louisiana officials say oily debris
has washed up on Raccoon Island. The state Department of Wildlife
and Fisheries describes the island as one of the coast's most
important waterbird nesting areas.
It's just west of Whiskey Island, where authorities said
Wednesday that oil had been found. While photos from Whiskey Island
showed the thick, glossy globs called tar balls, those from Raccoon
Island showed oil globules with blackened sand around them.
The photos were taken Wednesday but made public Thursday.
Both islands are in the Terrebonne Barrier Islands Refuge.
They're the westernmost points oil has been found so far.
Oil was found earlier at South Pass and the Chandeleur Islands.


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