BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - State, federal and BP officials were working Thursday to contain and skim a patch of oil found in the Mississippi Sound.
Officials say one patch was a mile long and a couple hundred yards wide near Horn and Ship islands, and another one was south of Petit Bois Island near the Alabama line.
"The unified command task force is on site, skimming and pulling boom," state Department of Marine Resources Director Bill Walker said. "It should be handle-able, but what bothers me is that we didn't know about it while it was still way outside the islands. This is the second or third time we've been surprised by material that got too close."
Walker said the boom-pulling and skimmer boats should be able to prevent landfall of anything worse than a light sheen.
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