BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says

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Posted: Sep 20, 2011 12:25 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2011 1:35 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: BP oil, Gulf of Mexico, tar balls, Tropical Storm Lee, oil spill, Auburn University, Alabama beaches, seabed, coastal ecosystems, Louisiana, Deepwater Horizon, Transocean, British Petroleum, WBRZ

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Researchers say tar balls washed on to Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee prove that oil left over from last year's BP spill isn't breaking down as quickly as
some assume.

Auburn University said Tuesday that its study shows the tar that hit Alabama beaches earlier this month appeared relatively fresh and unchanged from when oil first poured into the Gulf during the spill.

The study concludes that mats of oil are still submerged on the seabed, and it says the material could pose a long-term threat to coastal ecosystems.

BP isn't commenting on the study.

The company is cleaning the beaches.

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