This morning I flew over the spill area and over the area of activity with Governor Jindal from the State of Louisiana... our efforts offshore are making a big difference now. The combination of the riser insertion tube with using dispersants and other tools. This was probably the smallest amount of oil i've seen on the surface since the effort began. The smallest amount of heavy oil i've seen to date.
United States Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry:
We know that the oil has not entered the loop current at this time. There might be some leading edge sheen that's getting closer to the loop current, this spill has not entered the loop current. The important thing to focus on is the volume of oil that we have on the surface. It's being reduced as we speak and as Doug Suttles talked to you about in his over-flight.
(AP) KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says 20 tar balls have been found off Key West, Fla., but the agency stopped short of saying whether they came from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Some 5 million gallons of crude has spewed into the Gulf and tar balls have been washing ashore in several states along the coast.
Scientists are worried that oil is getting caught in a major ocean current that could carry it through the Florida Keys and up the East Coast.
The Coast Guard says the Florida Park Service found the tar balls on Monday during a shoreline survey. The balls were 3-to-8 inches in diameter.
Coast Guard Lt. Anna K. Dixon said no one at the station in Key West was qualified to determine where the tar balls originated. They have been sent to a lab for analysis.