Fast-moving oil slick threatens Grand Isle beaches

By David Spunt - bio | email

GRAND ISLE, LA (WAFB) - There is a fast-moving massive oil slick in the Gulf about three miles off the coast of Grand Isle. The rough waters mean the clean beach could be hit hard any day now.

Though it has looked like a warzone for more than a week, the beaches have remained clean with no new signs of oil. However, a simple change in the tide could put an end to the look of the beach.

Councilwoman Leonda Bladsacker was born on Grand Isle and took an ATV ride along the shoreline Tuesday to get her own first-hand look of things. She said the beach is beautiful and wishes everyone could be enjoying it.

Out in the distance, there was a silent killer ready to make its way ashore. Fire Chief Aubrey Chaisson is part of the group tracking the latest threat. He said it is 16 miles long, a couple of hundred yards wide and heading first toward Venice and then Grand Isle.

"We are trying hard to fight it out there and the minute it was spotted they got skimmers and vessels out there," said Chaisson.

"Sometimes, I wish we would take it over ourselves," Bladsacker said about the cleanup efforts. "I know we could do a hell of a lot better and treat people differently. We have people that come in our neighborhoods and we don't know who the hell they are."

The Coast Guard had to stop operations offshore for a few hours Tuesday due to heavy storms.

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