Published: Jan 25, 2011 8:35 PM EST
Updated: Jan 25, 2011 5:36 PM EST

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - Holes are being drilled in the sand at Orange Beach to make sure there's no oil there from last year's massive spill.

A crew using an auger drills five holes, starting at the surf line and working up the beach.

The holes are four feet deep and 10 to 12 inches in diameter. Crews are looking for what are called "lenses" of oil, a line in the wall of the hole that would indicate oil.

Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon says the city also is putting together a panel of scientists from major universities and research centers from around Alabama to make sure everything looks good.