Oil Oozes Out of Louisiana Ground

Answers part of that where-did-it-go question
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 8:56 AM CDT
Oil Oozes Out of Louisiana Ground
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is seen clumped on roseau cane on the marshy shores of Garden Island Bay along the coast of Louisiana near Venice, Tuesday, May 18, 2010.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

(Newser) – These days in Louisiana, even the hermit crabs are digging oil wells. Researchers on a barrier island off the southeastern Louisiana coast who were looking for oil offshore found it on land, too—oozing out of tiny holes dug by hermit crabs. One local official said that when he dug a few feet down with a shovel on Louisiana coastal land he found thick, heavy crude oil lurking underground.

"It's [like] Jed Clampett's oil," the official said. "All we need is the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies." The evidence of oil flowing out of coastal land is likely to add to the new wave of anger among Gulf residents outraged over BP's scaleback of coastal cleanup operations. For a video of oil oozing out of Louisiana's beaches, check out Yahoo! News.
(Read more Gulf oil spill stories.)

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