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More evidence of Gulf oil spill washes ashore

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More dirty evidence of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been washing ashore.

A large patch of oil has oozed into Mississippi Sound. Those fertile waters between the mainland and barrier islands had mostly been spared the effects of the spill until now.

Farther east, officials closed a quarter-mile of Pensacola beach yesterday as thick pools of oil washed up. It marked the first time that a Florida beach has been closed because of the spill.

Statements from BP that it will be able to collect more of the oil still gushing from the ruptured well are being met with skepticism, especially after this week's setback. The cap siphoning the leaking oil had to be removed and repositioned.

Some local officials complain that BP's now has "absolutely no credibility. With undersea video still showing gas and oil billowing from the well, Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young says there's been more bad news than good in BP's spill containment efforts.


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