ORANGE BEACH, AL (AP) - Oil is again fouling coastal Alabama beaches. Scattered tar balls and blobs of weathered crude were again washing up on the sand from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores on Wednesday. The oil stained the tide and left the sand streaked brown up to the tide line in many spots along the strand.
Cleanup operations were cranked up along much of the coastline, with gloved workers wearing fluorescent green vests outnumbering swimsuit-clad beach visitors in most areas. Heavy equipment and portable shelters dotted the beaches. Officials said the oil returned Tuesday after a few days respite for the Alabama shore. Millions of gallons of oil have spilled into the Gulf since the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
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