Breton refuge reopened after Gulf oil spill

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Posted: Jan 8, 2011 10:28 AM
Source: Associated Press

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BRETON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. - After months of being closed to the public due to the BP oil spill, the Breton National Wildlife Refuge is open again.

The refuge encompasses areas at the mouth of the Mississippi River and a chain of barrier islands in Chandeleur Sound.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the reopening Friday. The refuge was closed in May as oil from the leaking BP well began washing ashore.

The refuge is the second-oldest in the nation's refuge system. It was established in 1904.

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