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Oil Slick approaching Florida panhandle

The Associated Press<BR>
A supply vessel passes through an oil sheen Monday near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.

The Associated Press
A supply vessel passes through an oil sheen Monday near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana.

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Emergency crews have been working to line miles of boom in an effort to keep an approaching oil slick from hitting the beaches of Pensacola, Florida.

Oil from a gushing well has already fouled some 125 miles of Louisiana coastline and washed up in Alabama and Mississippi.

BP is still trying to clip a broken pipe and cap the blown-out well.

The government's point man for the spill, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, has directed BP to pay for five additional sand barrier projects in Louisiana. Boats and four helicopters have also been dispatched to help skimmers spot oil threatening Alabama, Mississippi and the Florida coast.

Meanwhile, a published report quotes BP CEO Tony Hayward as saying it's "entirely fair" to criticize the company's preparations.


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