Oil Spill Update 07/07

The weather still is not cooperating with crews trying to get a handle on that massive oil spill in the gulf. In Gulf Shores city officials are doing everything they can to make sure the air and water is safe.

Beth and Madison Walters are eyeing the cool water, but mom is not letting them swim in the gulf.

“When things like that pull up it makes us a little nervous,” said Sharon Walters. Crews are battling the oil on the beaches. While rough surf continues to keep most of the skimming boats docked.

U.S. Coast Guard’s Lt. Ann Marie Reigrut says, “Our guys are ready to chomp at the bit, they want to get out there, and they want to clean up any oil. However, we don't want to put anyone at risk.”

In some areas teams are now anchoring boom along the beach because it's just getting tossed around in the water. Weather is also a factor at the well site. Big waves are making it harder to hookup a new containment ship to the gushing crude.

On orange beach the sand normally looks bright white. However, oil washed up last night, and you can see the difference. There is discoloration from oil sheen and a line of tar balls.

“We have parts of the beach that are worse than others,” says Reigrut.

Kit Alexander is studying air and water tests BP and the EPA have done. Those samples show the air and water are safe, but the city of Orange Beach is hiring a private company to do its own testing.

“We are doing this because we have a responsibility to our citizens and our tourist community,” says Alexander.

The Walters family is visiting from Atlanta.

“Of course the Gulf Shores is not the beach we've seen before and are use to,” says Walters.

She says the scene here is heartbreaking, but they're still glad they came.

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