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BP using new process to search for oil on Pensacola Beach

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. -- BP crews and the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for oil on Pensacola Beach.

But now they're taking a different approach.
They have had maintenance patrols going for about three years.

But new scientific data is helping crews figure how to really dig deep for oil.
Pensacola Beach is the first to test this process out.

It's hard to miss all this equipment riding up and down and beach, and many in this area were curious to see what was going on.
Jim and Beverly West take walks along  Pensacola Beach every day. They noticed a lot of equipment digging into the sand and knew exactly what they were looking for.

"I don't think BP should be off the hook get cleaned up," said Beverly.

The oil spill had a huge impact on this area.

Jim and Beverly are glad to see BP continuing to take action, but don't think they'll find much on this part of the beach.

"The oil and the tar came. Relatively speaking," Jim said.

Pensacola Beach is the first to test out this process. These cranes will dig deep into the sand looking for oil.

If any is found, crews will extract it.

"Depending on what we do find and see what else we can find," said Natalie Murphy, Lt. Commander U.S. Coast Guard.

"It'll be years before it's 100 percent clean," Jim said.

This process should last about ten days and it will cover two miles.