Tracking the spill: Oil debris washes up on Pensacola beach


Tar mousse — a pudding-like oil-water mixture that can be brown, rust or orange in color — was discovered Wednesday along a three-mile stretch of beach in Pensacola, Fla.

Tar balls up to five inches in diameter continue to be found in Northwest Florida. There have been no reports of oil reaching the shore beyond the Northwest Florida region. There is no indication that the rest of the state will have impacts from weathered OILSPILLMAP162x120oil products within the next three days.

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an executive order to temporarily close a portion of coastal state fishing waters near Pensacola. Currently, all other state waters remain open to recreational fishing.

There are some beach health advisories active in Northwest Florida in and near Pensacola. Residents and visitors are warned not to pick up tar or oil debris on the beach.

At this time, most of Florida's 825 miles of beaches, 1,260 miles of coastline and 14 seaports remain open for business.

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