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100 tar balls from Pensacola Beach being tested for link to BP gulf oil spill

From the Pensacola News Journal: Although about 100 suspected tar balls picked up on Pensacola Beach on Wednesday have not been linked to the gulf oil spill, they have been sent to a lab for analysis.

A shoreline cleanup assessment team retrieved the material, and it likely will take a week to get the results.

The tar ball finds were part of an oil spill update county officials provided to Santa Rosa Island Authority board members Wednesday evening.

If any of these tar balls or the roughly 100 collected on Perdido Key over the weekend are associated with the BP spill, it's the first evidence the oil spill has reached Northwest Florida shores, said Keith Wilkins, Escambia County deputy bureau chief for neighborhood and community services.

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:39am]

    

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