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May 23, 2010 6:37 PM by Chris Welty

Oil in Venice

Heading towards the gulf you might expect to see big black puddles of oil on the water and a frenzy of boats involved in a cleanup operation. Just beyond south of Lighthouse Pass, having left from Venice there's nothing large enough to spot in this area, and not much activity.
In the distance we can see contractors for B.P suited up and laying boom, the coast guard says the company won't let anyone near the major slicks unless they've gone through a 40-hour training course and are wearing a hazmat outfit. The crews work in half day shifts. On the way back to the dock, we see booms, caked with oil in the marshes... visual confirmation that the oil is inland, but the coast guard says the chemicals and currants are the reason we didn't see more of this color oil on the open sea.

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