More Tar Balls Wash Ashore Near New Orleans By Michael McIntee | December 6, 2010 LikeTweet EmailPrint More More on Environment Subscribe to Environment Follow this author The BP oil disaster may have faded from the headlines, but it hasn’t faded from the Gulf Coast beaches. The Coast Guard sends out clean-up crews on a regular basis to remove tar balls- clumps of oil- that have washed up on the beaches near New Orleans. This is a clean-up detail on Port Fourchon Beach shot by Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Soto and Petty Officer 1st Class Susan Blake. Support this story and all the stories from The Uptake. Donate.