Oily tar balls cover water line at Orange Beach

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Tar balls ranging in size from BBs to small pancakes are covering the water line at Orange Beach.

The Associated Press
President Barack Obama, left, picks up a tar ball as LaFourche Parish president Charlotte Randolph, center, and U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, National Incident Commander for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, look on during a tour of areas impacted by the Gulf Coast oil spill Friday in Port Fourchon, La.

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Tar balls ranging in size from BBs to small pancakes are covering the water line at Orange Beach.

Local residents had feared the worst affects from the BP oil spill would hit over the weekend when the beaches are usually filled with tourists.

Tony Tingle of Trussville said the oil on the beaches was worse Saturday morning than it had been Friday evening. Tingle said the beach "smelled like a machine shop" Saturday.

An oily sheen covered the pass leading into Perdido Bay near the Alabama-Florida line Saturday morning. Globs of brown oil floated in the still water at Sportsman Marina despite miles of boom that were meant to prevent oil from reaching inshore waters.

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