BP oil not degrading on Gulf floor, study says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Auburn University said Tuesday that its study shows the tar that hit Alabama beaches earlier this month appeared relatively fresh and unchanged from when oil first poured into the Gulf during the spill.

The study concludes that mats of oil are still submerged on the seabed, and it says the material could pose a long-term threat to coastal ecosystems.

BP isn't commenting on the study. The company is cleaning the beaches.


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