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Oil close to Pensacola, new pictures

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Updated: 6/03/2010 12:33 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- The oil sheen is just seven miles from the white beaches in Pensacola.

It's the news everyone there has been dreading. Action News has new pictures from a Pensacola fisherman, and an up close and personal look at the oil in the Gulf. While it hasn't gotten to our beaches yet, there's always a worry it will. That's why fishermen in Pensacola are doing what they can to contain the oil.

They're the pictures no one wanted to see. Oil, just a few miles from the Florida Panhandle. It's threatening these pristine, white sandy beaches. These new pictures are from a Pensacola fisherman helping BP with the cleanup. You can see oil everywhere, bubbling, taking over the Gulf.

No longer is it this crystal clear, blue water we saw just last month with Captain Mike Newell. "It's the consistency of a cake, really gummy, slimmy," said Capt. Mike Newell by phone.

He says the oil smell is strong, like kerosene. Now, it's keeping fishermen like him docked. "It's our livelihood. It's pretty much, we're out of business now, we just sit here and watch the clean up as best we can," said Capt. Newell.

Tar balls have already washed up on some of the shorelines. Captain Newell says this is one of the worst disasters he's ever seen. "I'd like to go through five hurricanes instead of what we're going through now."

While no one knows what the real impact of all of this will be, Captain Newell does know it's what we see in these pictures that will soon be washing up on shore. "We're going to wake up and it's just going to be red goo," said Capt. Newell.

Right now the oil sheen appears to be about seven to nine miles off the shore of Pensacola Beach. Just after Action News talked to Captain Newell, he was called up by BP to help clean up the oil.
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