The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be spreading as officials in Florida say they have found tar balls washed up on the shores of the Sunshine State.
The Florida Keys Coast Guard said the waste is being analysed to see if it is indeed remnants from the disaster or a passing ship.
BP yesterday doubled its estimate of the amount of crude being captured by a mile-long recovery tube to 2,000 barrels per day — but it remains uncertain what amount of the total spill that equates .
The disaster happened after an explosion on a rig operated by the British oil giant on April 22nd off the coastline of Louisiana.
BP CEO Tony Hayward told British television on Tuesday that he felt the environmental impact of the disaster would be very modest.
But that claim was met with scorn by one local fisherman, who dismissed Hayward’s comments as “nuts”.
Fishing bans are now in place in 19 percent of US waters in the Gulf, crippling one of Louisiana’s biggest industries worth some 2.3 billion euros.