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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Headed Toward Coastal LA, AL, MS & FL Panhandle

Today it appears that this oil slick has spread as far eastward as 87°12'W & 28°50-29°02'N south of the De Soto Canyon and east of the Double Nipple with a thin portion of it occurring as close as 20 miles east of South Pass, LA. This whole zone is a highly populated area with such fish as tuna, dolphin, wahoo, marlin, snapper, grouper, and sharks, as well as, turtles and birds. Also note that we are currently in the peak spawning season for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (threatened species) that are in this area now. What we have seen and shown from the satellite imagery seems to agree very well with the Coast Guard over-flight map (also included) from Wednesday April 28, 2010. Please keep in mind that although this spill appears to be growing in size that the majority of it may only be as thick as a coat of paint.

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