More Tar on Baldwin County Beaches

More Tar on Baldwin County Beaches

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

Brandan Franklin is back out on the beach checking on how much tar has washed up today. "As long as the mats are off shore we are going to see it and just have to address it as it comes in."

This latest round of tar balls stirred up by the rough surf of tropical storm Karen. "When the surf is churned up a little more that's when we'll see the bigger pieces break apart and making it to the beach," says Franklin.

"We've seen some pretty big ones." Auburn professor Prabhakar Clement is also on the beach studying the tar balls. He says the chemical makeup is not substantially different from when the oil first started coming ashore three and a half years ago.

In the last two days more than 30 pounds of tar has been collected. Franklin says that won't be the end of it though, "probably be dealing with it for many more years to come."

Franklin says they rely on everyone to help report any tar washing up on Baldwin county beaches. If you see any you are asked to call the National Response Center and report it. The number, 1-800-424-8802.

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