Oil Hits Alabama beach

Published June 1, 2010

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Tar balls, possibly from the massive BP oil spill, have begun washing up on an Alabama beach.

Capt. Scott Bannon of the Alabama Marine Resources on Alabama's Dauphin Island confirmed Tuesday afternoon that crews were cleaning tar from the white sands and turquoise waters of the popular vacation destination.

Bannon referred questions about the cleanup, amount of tar on the beach and plans to contain the mess to BP officials in Mobile, Ala. Bannon said the company and officials at the response headquarters in that city were in charge of responding to oiled beaches.

Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the national incident commander, said in a national news briefing that tar balls had been reported on the Alabama beach.

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Written by <P>By the Associated Press</P>

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