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BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Friday, May 30, 2014

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Tar Ball Pollution from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in 2014

Florida Department of Environmental Protection specialists Joey Whibbs and David Perkinson searched Fort Pickens on Friday, May 30, 2014. Whibbs and Perkinson collected 172 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls weighing over ten pounds. Photos courtesy FDEP.

The following is a summary of the 5/30/14 daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). I will endeavour to publish this summary each day the FDEP issues such a report. While the media and public believe that the effects of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout and Oil Spill have been largely eradicated, this data suggests otherwise.

It is important to note that these reports of daily oil discoveries and further environmental damage come at a time when BP is attempting to renege on its oft-stated “Commitment to the Gulf.” BP is repudiating the Contract and Settlement Agreement it made with area businesses and individuals that compensates them for economic and environmental losses associated with the spill.

In addition, BP claims that the beaches have been cleaned and that all is well along the Gulf Coast. This despite the fact that the United States Coast Guard calls BP’s remediation claims premature, the USCG saying the cleanup effort is “not over by a long shot.”

Now BP claims that it is the victim. You be the judge, and if you are outraged, sign our petition to hold BP accountable, over four years after the company’s disaster.

My Summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report

Friday, May 30, 2014

Today, FDEP environmental specialists Joey Whibbs and David Perkinson conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort Pickens area.

Numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs or “tar balls”) were found throughout the area. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

Today’s findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 172 tar balls were collected during the survey, amounting to over ten pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach – by just two people.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 44,000 tar balls and 2,090 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil have been documented and removed from Florida’s beaches alone (not including Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana or Texas). On an average survey day, the FDEP team (one to two people) covers no more than 1,000 yards of beach, less than 1% of Florida’s shoreline that was impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Therefore, these numbers represent a very limited snapshot of residual oiling on Northwest Florida’s beaches.

For instance, this is an example of the ground covered in an average survey:

BP Survey Map

From this data, it appears BP has left town well before the job was done. So much for the company’s “Commitment to the Gulf.”

See below for an image of today’s collected oil.

Tar Ball Pollution from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in 2014

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, May 30, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

Click to see prior beach reports

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  1. Mickey McGill says:
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    I live in Orange Beach and we are still fighting the tar balls and oil pockets.

  2. Kathleen Reed says:
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    These reports should be in every newspaper in Florida. People are making life-changing (and destroying) legal decisions, based on what the news media tells (or does not tell) them.

    The FCC policy about truth in the news needs to be written into the law, so that it is enforceable.

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