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Beach cleaners consider eventually cleaning sand

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Environmentalists and local officials are debating what to do about the gooey, sticky oil buried in the sand on beaches along the Gulf Coast.

BP is planning to possibly wash or incinerate the sand once the blown-out oil undersea well is plugged and the gusher stopped.

Mayor Tony Kennon of Orange Beach, Fla., says "we have to have sand that is just as clean as it was before the spill."

But George Crozier, a marine scientist and director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, says there's no real reason to dig up the buried oil. He says it'll get carved up by a hurricane at some point, and that tar balls on the beach is only a human environmental hazard because it may affect tourism.

Meanwhile, BP managing director Bob Dudley tells The Wall Street Journal the spewing oil could possibly be stopped before the end of the month, if there no interruptions from things like hurricanes.


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