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Memorial Day marks the start of a crude summer for the Gulf Coast

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BOOTHVILLE, La. (AP) - Instead of sunshine and sand, this could be the summer of oil at normally tourist-filled Gulf Coast beaches.

With BP making yet another attempt to stem the flow from a blown-out well - this time only to contain the leak - signs point to the completion of a relief well in August before any real end is in sight.

On top of that, hurricane season begins Tuesday and scientists worry a big storm could push a surge of oily water even deeper into delicate marshlands.

Scientists from several universities have reported large underwater plumes of oil stretching for miles and reaching hundreds of feet beneath the Gulf of Mexico's surface, but BP disputes that finding.

Louisiana Fisherman Tom Young calls it an apocalypse.

Young says a way of life is ending and "no one outside of these few parishes really cares. They say they do, but they don't do nothing but talk."

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