Overflights Show No Impact on US Shores

NEW ORLEANS (Dow Jones Newswires), May 3, 2010

New overflights Monday of the giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, which had been suspended for days due to bad weather, showed no evidence of oil impacts on U.S. shores, the coast guard said.

"There were overflights this morning," coast guard spokesman, Petty Officer Curtis Thomas, told AFP.

"Based on our overflights there has been no confirmed oil on land yet," Thomas said, reading from the latest status report released by
the coast guard, which is leading the U.S. response to the offshore disaster.

"Bad weather prevented overflights and dispersant activities on May 2. Planning is currently under way to open a second airbase in Florida for dispersant activities," the latest update said.

More than 150,000 gallons of chemical dispersant have been dropped from planes in the past week to counter the spread of the 130 mile (200 kilometer) by 70 mile (113 kilometers) slick, which is threatening the shores of Louisiana and other U.S. gulf states.

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