Quotes: Tarballs Washing Up on the Beach

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Todd Farrar with SCAT (Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team) holds up hard tar balls found on the beach in Pass Christian, Mississippi May 12, 2010. A small number of tar balls from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were found throughout the one-mile stretch of beach. REUTERS/Sean Gardner (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS ENERGY)

“Tarballs DO NOT pose a health risk to the average person,”

— A SIGN, posted on a beach on Dauphin Island, Ala., reassuring swimmers that the small blobs of oil that have begun washing up on shore are not a threat. Tests are underway to see if the blobs are part of the spreading oil spill in the Gulf. (Via the New York Times)