Tar balls from the oil spill haven't reached the Florida Keys yet, but South Florida officials are planning for how to do deal with them when and if they do. And one of their thoughts is that maybe the crews deeper in the Gulf are going about it wrong.
John Hunt, program administrator in the Keys for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, tells NBC station WTVJ of Miami that tar balls aren't toxic and maybe it's better to leave them in place.
"I might not remove them," Hunt says. "I might choose to say the environmental damage of removing them — walking through them, digging up mud — would be worse for the ecosystem than the tar balls themselves."