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Skimmers hampered; tar balls in Texas

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - The crude continues to spill into the Gulf of Mexico but the fleet of skimmers tapped to clean the worst-hit areas has been hampered by a string of small storms.

Meantime, tar balls have been discovered in Texas, but officials say there's no way to tell if they came off a ship or arrived some other way. All the Gulf states have now been touched by the spill.

Coast Guard Capt. Marcus Wording says the consistency of the tar balls indicates they could have been spread to Texas water by ships that have worked out in the spill.

Hurricane Alex, which blew through the Gulf last week and made landfall along the border between Texas and Mexico, may have played a small role.

The spill is also reaching deeper into Louisiana.


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