No Confirmed Oil Found at Panama City Beach By Mid-Afternoon Sunday

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As of Sunday afternoon, no reports have been confirmed of petroleum product originating from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that could eventually start washing up on Bay County shores.

Though Bay County hazardous materials teams have responded to suspected tarball sightings. Bay County residents and visitors are asked to continue to survey the beaches and report any suspected petroleum product or odor to authorities by calling the local hotline at 248-6030.

Once a reported petroleum product or odor is phoned in, the Bay County Emergency Operations Center will immediately deploy Bay County hazmat personnel to collect and test the items.

Meanwhile the information will also be forwarded to Unified Command and other designated responders. Residents and visitors should not handle any suspicious material, but rather allow properly trained technicians to address the issue.

Residents and visitors may also visit for more information about the oil release and to sign up for E-mail notifications concerning Bay County's response to the release.

To report materials or odor that may be related to the oil release, or for general information about the oil release, please call 248-6030.

Meanwhile, 100 miles to the west of Panama City Beach, Pensacola residents and visitors are dealing with actual confirmed sightings. For the latest video report just click on the Video Icon on the headline for this story.

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