Tar Balls Wash Up On Gulf Coast Beaches

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) -- BP workers are cleaning up tar balls tossed onto Alabama's Gulf Coast beaches by heavy surf from tropical system Lee.
Crews were on the beach at Gulf Shores on Wednesday using small fishing nets to scoop up sticky black globs off the sand.
They emptied the nets into big plastic bags and sealed them with tape for disposal.
City officials believe the tar balls are from last year's BP oil spill, and they were dredged up from the bottom by Tropical Storm Lee. They say tests will be performed by Auburn University to verify the source of the tar.
BP says it doesn't know whether the tar balls are from the spill, but it's also testing to determine whether the two are linked. Results could be back in a week.


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  • by Anonymous on Sep 7, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    I want to enjoy the niceness of modern technology, but I dont want the mess in my back yard.
  • by Pat Location: Michigan on Sep 7, 2011 at 10:34 AM
    They are collecting them for disposal? Hopefully, they will take the tar balls in to have the oils collected from them for reuse.
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