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Hundred-Mile Long Oil Sheen Reported in the Gulf

U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images (file)(NEW ORLEANS) -- The U.S. Coast Guard tells ABC News it is gathering samples of an unknown substance in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting that the National Response Center received at least two calls this weekend, one that described a half-mile long sheen along the water’s surface and another that reported a sheen nearly 100 miles in length.

“No [oil] sheen was seen,” Coast Guard spokeswoman Casey Ranel told ABC News on Sunday. “There was a substance seen in the water but there was no sheen.”

Ranel says the samples collected could be anything, from algae to silt.

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