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Pensacola Beach closed because of oil spill

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) --
A popular section of Pensacola Beach had to be closed Thursday because of oil that washed ashore there.

Government officials closed about a quarter-mile section of
Casino Beach after thick pools of oil washed ashore there
Wednesday.

Workers ran yellow tape 75 yards back from the water. Officials
say the area was closed because heavy equipment is being brought in
to clean up the mess.

Normally, there would have been hundreds of people on the sands
and in the water but on Thursday only two sunbathers and a few
people who had come to see the oil were in the area when the beach
was closed.

The oil is from the Deepwater Horizon spill that has gushed
millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico since April 20.


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