East Grand Terre (TAIR’) Island
Cleanup of oil-tainted Gulf Coast nears end
By CAIN BURDEAU
Dig 2 feet into the sand on the wind-swept beach at East Grand Terre (TAIR’) Island in Louisiana and up comes the foul smell of oil.
For months, in what BP calls Operation Deep Clean, crews have been scouring the Gulf Coast’s sandy shores for oil — digging, scraping, tilling and sifting beach after beach.
But it’s unlikely they will get all of it by the time college students begin flocking to the Gulf Coast for spring break at the end of February.
There is so much oil under the sand, mud and oyster shells that tar balls may be washing up for months, if not years.