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PORT FOURCHON, La. — BP PLC is sending cleanup crews back to Fourchon Beach because erosion from Tropical Storm Lee unearthed miles of tar balls, tar mats and abandoned cleanup equipment left from last year's oil spill.
Six task forces — 90 workers and 17 technicians — will work a seven-day-a-week schedule to clean up the beach, BP spokesman Curtis Thomas told The Courier.
"We knew this was coming," Thomas said. "That's why we've had this manpower on standby."
The cleanup will be phased in over the next week, Thomas said. He said tar balls were reported on other area beaches, but not to the extent that they appeared on Fourchon Beach.
In addition to the old oil, the erosion uncovered PVC pipes used to secure boom and snares used to absorb oil.