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Jun 23, 2010 8:21 PM by Chris Welty

Oil Returns to Alabama Beaches

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Oil is again fouling coastal Alabama
beaches.
Scattered tar balls and blobs of weathered crude were again
washing up on the sand from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores on
Wednesday. The oil stained the tide and left the sand streaked
brown up to the tide line in many spots along the strand.
Cleanup operations were cranked up along much of the coastline,
with gloved workers wearing fluorescent green vests outnumbering
swimsuit-clad beach visitors in most areas. Heavy equipment and
portable shelters dotted the beaches.
Officials said the oil returned Tuesday after a few days respite
for the Alabama shore.
Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the
April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.

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