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Gulf oil spill closes Louisiana beach (13 images)

Updated: May 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM
Oil collects in a cove on Elmer's Island, Louisiana. The oil washed over booms seen in the background designed to protect the beaches from crude oil gushing from the sunken BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Oil continues to leak from the ruptured well some 5000 feet from the surface. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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Soaked in oil, a seabird lies dead in the surf on Elmer's Island, Louisiana, May 21, 2010. Oil began washing up on the beaches and marshes of Southern Louisiana after the explosion of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig a month ago. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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Thick crude oil drips from a rake on Elmer's Island, Louisiana, May 21, 2010. Workers began scraping the beaches after oil from the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig began to wash up on the sand. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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Rontrell Robertson of Houma, Louisiana, holds a rake dripping with thick crude oil scraped from the beach of Grand Isle, Louisiana, May 22, 2010. Oil has begun to wash up on South Louisiana beaches from the sunken BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig, which is gushing hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico every day. UPI/A.J. Sisco..
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A pool of oil makes patterns on the beach of Grand Isle, Louisiana, May 21, 2010. Crude oil from the sunken BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig has begun to wash up on the marshes and beaches of South Louisiana. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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Oil washes ashore at Grand Isle Louisiana from the sunken BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig
Cleanup workers bag oil-contaminated sand on Elmer's Island, Louisiana, after crude from the Deepwater Horizon rig began washing ashore May 21, 2010. The BP well exploded and has been gushing thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico daily. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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Oil washes ashore at Grand Isle Louisiana from the sunken BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig
A pool of oil collects on the beach of Elmer's Island, Louisiana, May 21, 2010. Crude oil from the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig has begun to wash up on the marshes and beaches of South Louisiana. UPI/A.J. Sisco
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