The massive oil spill about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico, which by energy giant BP’s own estimate has been growing by 5,000 barrels each day since April 20, still hasn’t reached Mississippi’s shores. Yet.
“‘If seven maids with seven mops; Swept it for half a year; Do you suppose,’ the Walrus said; ‘That they could get it clear?’; ‘I doubt it,’ said the Carpenter; And shed a bitter tear.”
When Lewis Carroll wrote “The Walrus and the Carpenter” in 1865, this stanza was referring to “great quantities of sand.” He could not have known how many bitter tears would be shed over beach cleanup.
Authorities are testing suspected “tar balls” found on Mississippi shores to see if they came from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
GULFPORT — Federal authorities are investigating whether fishermen eager to maximize their catch ahead of the massive oil slick threatening the Gulf Coast have been killing endangered sea turtles, an official said Wednesday.