Three environmental groups say more than 90 reports of pollution triggered by Hurricane Isaac is evidence the energy industry needs greater oversight. They say depending on industry to monitor itself isn’t working.
Laboratory tests show that globs of oil found on two Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac came from the 2010 BP spill.
Tests run by Louisiana State University for state wildlife officials confirmed that oil found on Elmer's Island and Grand Isle matched the biological fingerprint of the hundreds of millions of gallons of oil that spewed from BP's Macondo well.
On Wednesday, BP said oil from its spill had been exposed by Isaac's waves and that the company would work to clean it up.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's office says Louisiana state agencies have spent more than $100 million preparing for and responding to Hurricane Isaac.
The latest tally released Wednesday was $116 million, and that cost was expected to continue rising. That includes the price tags for mobilizing the National Guard, setting up and supplying shelters, bringing food and water to damaged parishes and paying state employee for storm response.
Despite the tropical storm force winds and rains heavy enough to force a mandatory evacuation of all residents in Assumption Parish, officials say Hurricane Isaac had no impact on a sinkhole near Bayou Corne.
But after the storm trudged past the parish, three new bubbling gas sites were discovered Tuesday in Bayou Corne, Grand Bayou and Triche Canal. Representatives from the state Department of Environmental Quality are currently testing the air and water at the three new sites and they say preliminary tests indicate no abnormal readings.