Oil is washing up on beaches across the Gulf Coast in the wake of Hurricane Isaac, and evidence suggests that at least some of the slicks, sheens and tar balls are likely relics from BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster.
As The Huffington Post reported last Tuesday, experts had speculated that the first hurricane to hit the Gulf of Mexico since the the April 2010 spill might stir up some of the estimated one million barrels of crude oil that remains.
Splattered oil is visible on Scott Lewis’ beach home in Fort Morgan, Ala.
"I can tell you from firsthand knowledge that it happened, so the speculation is over," Scott Lewis, who owns a beach house in Fort Morgan, Ala., told The Huffington Post.
"There is oil residue everywhere along with tar balls everywhere," Lewis said, noting the oil had splattered on the outside of his home. "Unlike when the spill happened, and all they had to do was clean the beaches, this time the oil went airborne when the waves hit the beach, houses, dunes. It is a nightmare."
Meanwhile, in Lake Worth Beach, Fla., Telise Maquaire saw pieces of sea sponge soaking in oil. "It's the first time I've ever found oil affecting our beach," she said.
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