The Gulf Coast is up in arms over a new report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune about a huge stretch of what appeared to be weathered oil floating off Louisiana. The report, published over the weekend, came just days after federal officials reiterated their claim that the gulf now contains very little recoverable oil--and mere hours after the federal government announced the opening of another large swath of gulf waters to fishing. Now, all but 4 percent of the gulf is under no restrictions for commercial and recreational fishing.
Numerous fishermen told the paper that they had run across the substance -- estimated to be 2.5 miles long and 300 yards wide -- in West Bay, an open-water area of 35 square miles near Venice, La. According to the Times-Picayune's Bob Marshall: "Boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard."Read More »from Substance stretching for miles in Gulf waters creates a stir