May 6, 2010 / 4:51 PM / 9 years ago

Oil from spill confirmed on La. island-Coast Guard

MIAMI, May 6 (Reuters) - The U.S. operation tackling the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico said on Thursday its teams had confirmed the presence of oil on a beach of an outlying island off Louisiana, the first official confirmation of leaked oil reaching a U.S. shoreline.

“We have teams that have confirmed oil on the beach, at the south end of the Chandeleur Islands, at Freemason Island,” Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell told Reuters from the operation Unified Command in Robert, Louisiana.

“This is the first confirmation that Unified Command has received of oil on a shoreline,” she added.

“It’s largely just sheen, there is no evidence of medium or heavy oil,” Terrell said. (Reporting by Pascal Fletcher)

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