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Mississippi Blues: NASA Pic Shows BP Oil Surrounding Mississippi’s Barrier Islands

In spite of Haley Barbour’s initial happy talk (Oil? What Oil? Press Should Stop Scaring Tourists), BP Oil finally and inevitably hits the Mississippi coastline. Now he’s crying for help:

At a news conference on Monday, Mr. Barbour said "the plan we agreed to with the unified command and BP wasn’t being given the resources to be totally effective. There continues to be more oil in the (Mississippi) Sound than we have the capacity to deal with, unless we get lucky."

This is a hard picture to look at, makes my heart weep.

As of June 27, 2010, the entire gulf-facing beachfront of several barrier islands in eastern Mississippi (offshore of Pascagoula) had received a designation of at least “lightly oiled” by the interagency Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team that is responding to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. A few small stretches of Petit Bois Island had been labeled heavily or moderately oiled.

This high-resolution image shows Petit Bois Island (top right) and the eastern end of Horn Island (top left) on June 26. In general, oil-covered waters are silvery and cleaner waters are blue-gray. This pattern is especially consistent farther from the islands. The intensely bright patches of water directly offshore of the barrier islands, however, may be from a combination of factors, including sediment and organic material, coastal currents and surf, and oil.

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