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Army National Guard plots out plan to fly over oil

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – The Mississippi Army National Guard has organized two informational flights today. The trips out to the barrier islands will give people like the DMR's Dr. Bill Walker an opportunity to see just how much oil is making its way toward the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Oil began coming ashore on Sunday in Jackson County and on Deer Island. And according to the experts, more is on the way.

WLOX News reporter Doug Walker was on the Monday morning flight and got his own overhead look at the oil. Stay with WLOX News and WLOX.com to get the latest on day 70 of the Coastal Crisis.

Meantime, BP says the cost of the company's response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has reached about $2.65 billion. The company announced the updated total in a news release Monday.

The costs include spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states, claims paid, and federal costs.

BP says it has received more than 80,000 claims and made almost 41,000 payments, totaling more than $128 million. BP says the figure does not include a $20 billion fund for Gulf damages it created this month.

Millions of gallons of oil have spilled since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana on April 20, killing 11 workers.

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