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Massive stretches of oil spotted in Gulf of Mexico





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Massive stretches of weathered oil have been sighted heading toward the Mississippi Delta three days after the U.S. Coast Guard announced there was "very little recoverable oil still in the water or on the bottom."
Boat captains working the BP clean-up effort said they have been reporting large areas of surface oil off the delta for more than a week but have seen little response from BP or the Coast Guard, which is in charge of the clean-up. The captains said most of their sightings have occurred during stretches of calm weather, similar to what the area has experienced most of this week.

On Friday reports included accounts of strips of the heavily weathered orange oil that became a signature image of the spill during the summer. One captain said some strips were as much as 400 feet wide and a mile long.
Times/Picayune photojournalist, Matt Hinton, who took photos of the weathered oil slick on Saturday, has confirmed the sighting. Continued...


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