Oil still problem on Mississippi islands

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Posted: Aug 10, 2011 12:40 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Oil, Mississippi islands, Horn Island, BP oil spill, sand-cleaning, National Park Service, Gulf of Mexico, Deepwater Horizon, Louisiana, WBRZ

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Mats of oil are still in evidence along Horn Island's west end, more than a year after the BP oil disaster.

BP spokesman Ray Melick tells The SunHerald that the company is gearing up to return to Horn Island with sand-cleaning crews as soon as the National Park Service issues clearance.

Horn Island has been the hardest hit since the BP oil began coming ashore in summer 2010.

Other barrier islands also have been hard hit, catching 1,732 tons of oil.

But cleanup has been suspended on most of the islands.

The National Park Service wanted to avoid disturbing nesting shore birds and sea turtles.

Melick said BP doesn't expect to be back at work until late August or early September.

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