BP Deep-Cleaning Gulf Beaches Amid New Worries

By: Jay Reeves
By: Jay Reeves

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - What's typically a beautiful, quiet stretch of beach in the fall now resembles a construction site.

Bulldozers and dump trucks shake the ground; a giant sifting machine spits clean sand out one end, tar balls out another.

With its oil well dead and few visitors on the Gulf Coast during the offseason, BP has launched its biggest push yet to deep-clean the tourist beaches that were coated with crude during the worst of the oil spill. Machines are digging down into the sand to remove buried tar mats left from the disaster.

The work is getting mixed reviews. Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means available.
Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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