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Oil from BP spill found in Mississippi

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The oil spill has now made its way to Mississippi.

Governor Haley Barbour said a strand of oil about a meter wide and two miles long has been discovered on Petit Bois Island near the Mississippi-Alabama border.

The oil strand was found about 9:15 Tuesday morning on the western end of the island and possibly broke off a strand south of nearby Horn Island.

Barbour described it as caramel-colored, emulsified oil, which he said should not be a threat to wildlife.

"If it is, in fact, the emulsified, moose that has come on shore in Louisiana and we've seen at sea, yeah we're told that is not toxic," said Barbour.

Barbour said the oil should have been spotted Monday but was likely missed because it was beneath the surface of the water.

The governor said it should take only a day to clean up and there is no reason to panic.

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