Oil from Deepwater Horizon Reached Louisiana (image) Naval Research Laboratory Share Print E-Mail Caption Dr. Jason Jolliff used surface oil estimates following the Deepwater Horizon blowout to forecast where oil would first hit shorelines 96 hours later, on May 14,2010. "If you're going to do forecasting," he says, "you have to get the ocean circulation correct. It's fundamental to all else." The protruding Mississippi River Delta mixed offshore oil into coastal currents. The underwater Mississippi Canyon helped funnel oil toward Barataria Bay. Credit NRL Usage Restrictions None Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.