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The Nation

Nearly two weeks after one of the Pacific Northwest’s worst oil spills, cleanup crews using helicopters lifted oil off wilderness beaches and volunteers continued cleaning oil-coated birds. Oil from the spill has been found along almost 300 miles of Pacific beaches, reaching as far north as Canada’s Vancouver Island and south as far as Newport, Ore. More than half of an estimated 4,500 sea birds that have been covered with oil have died. The spill occurred at Grays Harbor in Washington when an oil barge collided with its tug, officials said.


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