NEWS

Volunteers clean Louisiana beaches in advance of shorebound oil

Staff reports

The Gulf oil spill has not become a problem yet for the Cameron Parish coastline, but officials are looking at a long-term fight against oil on the shores of Louisiana and anticipate oil moving westward. On Saturday, BP and the Gulf Response Involvement Team organized a pre-landfall cleanup along Holly Beach to remove existing trash.

Debris and trash that collects on the shorelines can potentially get covered in oil and make the cleanup of these natural areas even more complicated.

The project included the removal of debris, both natural and anthropogenic, from the shoreline to make the removal of oil less difficult and reduce the amount of hazardous material that will have to be disposed of once affected by the spill. In addition to picking up trash, they raked and moved the organic debris from the waterline to past the high tide line.

For more information on this project or on other oil spill volunteer events, visit GRIT’s website at www.lagulfresponse.org

Southwest Daily News