Tar balls washing on to Louisiana's coast

ROBERT, LA (AP) - The Coast Guard says 4-inch tar balls have been reported along beaches in eastern Alabama.

Scientists still have to test the oil, which came ashore several miles west of the Florida state line, to see if it came from the massive leak caused when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank to the bottom of the Gulf a week ago.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said Wednesday testing has confirmed tar balls that washed ashore west at Dauphin Island, Ala., on Saturday were from the massive oil spill.

Landry says the Coast Guard also found tar balls at South Pass, La., and on the southern end of the Chandeleur Islands, east of New Orleans.

Louisiana officials also said tar balls also were found on Whiskey Island off the coast of Louisiana, the farthest point west oil has been seen so far.

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