How much total shoreline has been impacted by the oil spill?



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    Oil began washing up on the beaches of Gulf Islands National Seashore on June 1. By June 4, the oil spill had landed on 125 miles (201 km) of Louisiana’s coast, had washed up along Mississippi and Alabama barrier islands, and was found for the first time on a Florida barrier island at Pensacola Beach. On June 9, oil sludge began entering the Intracoastal Waterway through Perdido Pass after floating booms across the opening of the pass failed to stop the oil. On June 23, oil appeared on Pensacola Beach and in Gulf Islands National Seashore, and officials warned against swimming for 33 miles (53 km) east of the Alabama line. On June 27, tar balls and small areas of oil reached Gulf Park Estates, the first appearance of oil in Mississippi. Early in July, tar balls reached Grand Isle but 800 volunteers were cleaning them up. On 3 and July 4, tar balls and other isolated oil residue began washing ashore at beaches in Bolivar and Galveston, though it was believed a ship transported them there, and no further oil was found July 5. On July 5, strings of oil were found in the Rigolets in Louisiana, and the next day tar balls reached the shore of Lake Pontchartrain.



    A long, narrow strip of oil washed up on Petit Bois Island off the Mississippi coast on Tuesday, the first time crude believed to be from the massive Gulf of Mexico spill has reached the state’s shores, Gov. Haley Barbour’s office reported.The strand of oil was about 2 miles long but only 3 feet wide, said Laura Hipp, a spokeswoman for Barbour’s office. Cleanup crews were on the scene Tuesday evening, she said.

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