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Coastal Crisis: Outrage over Gulf oil spill grows

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GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) - Anger and frustration is mounting over less than successful efforts to plug the gusher from a blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thick, sticky oil is creeping deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into the Gulf.

Up to now, only tar balls and a sheen of oil had come ashore.

But chocolate brown and vivid orange globs and sheets of foul-smelling oil the consistency of latex paint have begun coating the reeds and grasses of Louisiana's wetlands.

It's home to rare birds, mammals and a rich variety of marine life.

BP PLC, which conceded Thursday that more oil is flowing from the leak than previously estimated.

A live webcam shows a substantial gusher still spewing oil.

Many people say they wonder why a worst case contingency plan was not in place.

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