NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans. It's threatening another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s.
The lake rebounded to once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming.
But the lake is threatened again after a weekend of tar balls and an oil sheen pushed by strong winds from faraway Hurricane Alex slipped past lines of barges that were supposed to black the passes connecting the Gulf of Mexico to the lake.
The oil could be the second setback in five years. Hurricane Katrina knocked out seafood docks and lakeside restaurants in 2005. The lake's water quality also took a hit when the Army Corps of Engineers drained the city's contaminated floodwaters into the lake.