Gulf Coast Oil Spill Watch

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Editors’ Trip to the Gulf

As oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill made its way to shore, three Coastal Living editors took a trip to Mobile, Alabama, in May 2010 to find out firsthand how the region was preparing for its arrival.

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Barrier Islands

Barrier Islands

“We saw oil that had washed ashore on small barrier islands, plus sheens that stretched in long, narrow trails through the water.” –Sara Peterson, editor

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