June 28th, 2010
09:26 AM ET

Tar balls wash ashore in Mississippi

CNN Wire Staff

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Mississippi officials report that oily tar balls have started washing up on their mainland shores for the first time more than two months after the Gulf oil disaster began.

"It has hit our shores," Pascagoula, Mississippi, Mayor Robbie Maxwell said, adding that tar balls appeared on a nearby stretch of beach Sunday afternoon.

"This is what we've been expecting. We had hoped and prayed we would somehow miss this, but it's hit us now," Maxwell said. "The good news is that for the last five or six weeks, we've been preparing to attack it when it hit our shores, and that's exactly what we've done."

A 23-person crew was out on the beach Sunday afternoon, collecting tar balls, he said.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. josh

    BP does not want to stop the oil leak
    If the oil leak in the gulf were stopped, then BP would not be drilling any relief wells. They want everyone to think they are concerned with the environmental consequences, but in reality, they just want to be able to continue drilling the oil that is still below the ocean floor.

    June 28, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  2. Denise

    Good morning Anderson and AC 360 staff.

    I'm not surprised at all to read that oil of any kind reach other beach. Until someone decides to plug up the leak that's still spilling oil into the ocean more beaches will be affected. It's summertime and people should be enjoying a day at the beach. Hurricane season is upon us. What's going to happen now? How much longer do we have to wait for the oil to stop spilling?

    June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am |