Oil hits Mississippi for the first time on barrier island
Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have now all been hit by oil.
Tue, Jun 01, 2010 at 05:49 PM
OILY ISLANDS: Oil absorbent material boom and oil from the spill is seen on one of Louisiana’s barrier islands. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says oil is hitting the state for the first time.
Barbour said Tuesday that a two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of caramel-colored oil has been found on Petit Bois (PEH'-tee bwah) Island, a barrier island near the Mississippi-Alabama border. The discovery means Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi have all been hit by oil.
Barbour says vessels will be dispatched to clean up the oil.
Barbour says officials believe the strand broke off a patch of oil Sunday south of nearby Horn Island.
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