Oil located on Cheniere Au Tigre in Parish
By Chris Rosa
Cheniere Au Tigre was once considered a luxury island where the rich visited to get away from the rat race in the 1950s. On Wednesday, oil was located on the beach of Cheniere Au Tigre in Vermilion Parish.
The bad news came about 10 in the morning Wednesday when Tim Vincent, who oversees the Audubon Society in Vermilion Parish, visited the uninhabited island, located 20 miles due south of Intracoastal City.
The oil, although it was not 100 percent certain to be from the oil spill, was spotted on the beaches of the island. Tests are being done to confirm where it came from. The results of that test will determine the Policy Jury’s next action.
That oil news prompted Police Jury President Wayne Touchet, Office of Emergency Preparedness Director Becky Broussard and assistant OEP director Tim Cresswell to travel to Franklin to attend an emergency meeting.
The meeting included Iberia Parish, Vermilion Parish and St. Mary Parish officials to speak about the recent oil washing up on the shore of the island.
After officials from the three parishes met, another meeting was held with BP officials via phone.
At 4:30 p.m., the three headed back to Abbeville to get the oil samples and send it to Houma for testing.