NOAA, Crude Still Showing up on Shoreline
About 491 miles (790 kilometers) of coastline in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida were contaminated by BP oil as of July 9, the last available tally from field inspections, Tim Zink, a spokesman for the agency, said in an e-mailed message. A total of 1,074 miles has been oiled since the spill began, he said.
The U.S. government estimates that 4.9 million barrels were spilled into the Gulf from Macondo after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded on April 20, 2010. BP, based in London, succeeded in capping the flow a year ago today.
The pollution consists of “a light sheen and tar balls of all shapes and sizes,” Zink said in an interview yesterday. “For roughly the first year, it was heavy, moderate to light oiling.”
The latest survey in Louisiana by the agency found 5 miles of beaches and 8 miles of marsh heavily oiled, according to results provided by Zink. The July survey covered almost 4,300 miles of shoreline in the four states. “
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