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Patches of oil reported off of Cameron coast

By Crystal Price - bio | email

CAMERON, LA (KPLC) - Several patches of oil have been reported in the Gulf and are being investigated by Cameron OEP.

The oil was found by two fishermen on Monday afternoon seven miles south of the Cameron Jetties Pier Facility.

At first fisherman Dough Cormier of Sulphur was not sure what the substance was because he had never seen brown patches like these near the coast.

"We went to go look at it and turned out it was a big patch of oil," said Cormier.

Cormier immediately took pictures of the oil and notified Wildlife and Fisheries as soon as possible.

"The first area we found was rather large," said Cormier. "The patches were approximately 4 to 5 hundred foot in diameter."

On Tuesday the two fishermen went offshore again, but found no oil on this trip. 

But Cormier said finding oil just once is enough of a devastation.

"It's oil in the Gulf of Mexico. This is off of our coast, and it seems like it's getting closer here," said Cormier.

Cormier said he feels it won't be the last time that he'll see these brown patches near the coast either.

"If we found that yesterday, then there's obviously more out there that we haven't seen," said Cormier. "We're feeling the effects of it over here now, and it is disappointing to see that."

It has not yet been confirmed that the oil is from the BP spill, but Cameron OEP is investigating that possibility.

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Photos courtesy Doug Cormier.

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