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CBS: BP rig piece washes up on Florida beach?

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From CBS News: A piece of wreckage that appears to be from deep-sea rig that exploded in April in the Gulf of Mexico has washed up on a beach in Florida about 190 miles from the site of the disaster, officials said Saturday.

Bay County Sheriff Deputy Ray Maulbeck was working beach patrol Saturday morning when he came upon the stainless steel tank that had some oil oozing from it, along with barnacles and sea growth attached to it. The Coast Guard and state environmental officials were called in to investigate, and they took the piece away.

Maulbeck said the part had markings that identified it as having come from the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers and triggering a massive oil spill.

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Aaron Frost said responders found a green sticker on the wreckage that appeared to indicate it was connected to BP.

Frost said the sticker appeared to have an illegible date on it, and it also had what appeared to be an abbreviated version of the word Horizon. The sticker also appeared to read “BP” and was marked with other numbers.

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