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It's not a 'true' Lake, since it's open to Mississippi Sound and the Gulf via two passes, the Chef and the Rigolets. These passes are deep because they're tidal. Therein lies the rub. The tide runs hard and it's difficult to contain all oil on an incoming tide.
I think it'll not be as bad as we fear, large globs may not get in, but smaller tarballs will. The latter are easier to clean up.
I swam at Pontchartrain Beach yesterday (you have to hop fences and floodwalls to get in, due to levee construction). Beautiful clean water, at least by Lake standards (the Lake was pretty bad 20 yrs ago, much much better now), so I hope I'm right about fairly minimal effect. I sail there (south shore) and would like to continue to swim there, beach or no.