BP oil spill: Senate seeks answers regarding unaccounted oil

NEW ORLEANS — In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, sediment and sand across coastal Louisiana shifted to reveal tar balls and oil mats — part of the buried remnants of the 2010 BP oil spill.

“The storm did us some favor in giving us access to something that we might not have had access to for years to come,” said Capt. Samuel “Duke” Walker, incident commander with the U.S. Coast Guard.

What the storm uncovered, though, is only a faction of the estimated 1.2 million barrels of oil — or 50 million gallons– still unaccounted for from the BP oil spill. It is part of the reason a Senate Environment Committee hearing convened in New Orleans on Tuesday, which questioned why more isn’t being done to clean up the remaining oil.

“Zero effort is being made to find that and recover that,” said U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-Louisiana. “A million barrels of oil is many, many times what was spilled, total, in the Exxon-Valdez incident, BP oil spill. So, I think that’s completely unacceptable.”

Written by: Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News

Originally published on WWLTV.com

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