Public beach in La. closed as oil washes up

In this photo provided by the U.S. Coast Guard, spilled oil from a pipeline operated by Chevron Pipe Line Company is seen in the Delta National Wildlife Refuge near Venice, La., Tuesday, April 6, 2010. (AP Photo/handout, U.S. Coast Guard)

May 21, 2010 12:48:09 PM PDT
Officials closed the public beach here Friday as thick gobs of oil resembling melted chocolate washed up, a very visible reminder of the blown-out well that has been spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a month.