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Oil cleanup on Miss. barrier islands

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - BP and the federal Park Service has brought in some heavy machinery to remove oil debris on Mississippi's barrier islands before shifting winter tides bury it too deep.

Gulf Islands National Seashore superintendent Dan Brown tells The Mississippi Press that people using small sifters and hand shovels continue to work on the islands.

Brown said tons of oil debris has been picked up using the crews but the Park Service realized that it was becoming necessary to remove surface oil as soon as possible.

Brown said the park had to get special permission to use the German-made Beach Techs, which weigh about 4,000 pounds each, on the fragile islands.

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