Mayor: Tests Link Tar Balls on Ala. Beaches to BP

Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 06:05 PM

 

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ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — A coastal mayor says tests show tar balls washed onto Alabama's beaches by a recent tropical storm are from last year's BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said Tuesday the connection was found in preliminary tests performed by Auburn University. Kennon says additional tests will be conducted to determine more details.

Tropical Storm Lee dumped tar balls on the coast. BP says additional cleanup workers were added at the request of area leaders, and teams also are working longer hours.

Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach say they want the beaches cleaned up from Lee, and they want long-term commitments for more work.

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