Tar balls recently washed up on the Alabama shoreline have now been linked to BP, according to preliminary tests performed by Auburn University.

Via the Associated Press:

 Tests show the wave of tar balls that hit Alabama’s beaches after Tropical Storm Lee was from last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a coastal mayor said Tuesday.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said the connection was found in preliminary tests performed by Auburn University, and additional tests will be conducted.

“We want to find out exactly what we are dealing with,” Kennon said.

While many officials believe that the recently washed-up tar balls are merely remnants of last year’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, recent flyovers suggest that oil might be currently leaking from BP’s Maconda well. BP has denied those claims.

BP has sent crews to clean up the tar balls, some of which are reportedly as large as baseballs.

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