National Wildlife Federation: Tests by LSU’s Ed Overton show slick new S. La. crude, not BP
BELLE CHASSE, La. — The National Wildlife Federation says tests at Louisiana State University indicate that the oil slick spotted earlier this week off Plaquemines Parish was fresh South Louisiana crude, rather than oil from last year’s BP spill.
Parish President Billy Nungesser said Wednesday that he thought the slick spotted off the coast near Venice was from the Deepwater Horizon spill, because there hadn’t been any recent reports to the Coast Guard of oil spilled in the area.
But the federation says on its blog that it gave samples to LSU professor emeritus Ed Overton, who reports that it was local crude. He told the federation that it still contained light volatiles indicating that it had not been in the Gulf of Mexico long when a boat captain collected it.