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Posted: Friday, 27 December 2013 8:30AM

Wildlife Chief: Oil to be around fo a long time



Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Robert Barham believes the Bayou State will be dealing with the after effects from the 2010 BP oil spill for many years to come.

He says they were always opposed to injecting dispersants into the plume of oil because even though it isn't pretty, oil degrades faster if it comes to the surface.

"And it's apparent that the dispersant worked. It scattered that oil and it's now sitting at the bottom of the ocean," Barham said. "There are experts that say that we will continue to see residual oil for a long long time."

Barham says there are still oil mats that persist particularly in the Elmers Island/Port Fourchon areas and during large storms tar balls show up.

He says the oil spill has already crippled Louisiana's fishing industry and he fears that will continue.

"You can't tell what the long term effects of that oil is," Barham said. "That's why we're going to have to continue to sample and test for the foreseeable future."

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