An aerial inspection conducted Wednesday evening confirms that oil has reached the shoreline of Louisiana's Chandeleur Islands, state officials told WAFB 9NEWS.
The oil appears to have made its way past booms laid out in that area. An inspection by boat will be conducted early Thursday morning.
The Chandeleur Islands are a chain of uninhabited barrier islands, about 50 miles long, located off St. Bernard Parish. They form the easternmost point of the state of Louisiana and are part of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge.
They are an important migrating point for birds and are a prime marsh and forest wildlife area.