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BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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BP oil spill tar balls fort pickens

Florida Department of Environmental Protection specialist Joey Whibbs searched Fort Pickens Beach on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Whibbs collected 131 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls weighing over four pounds. Photos courtesy FDEP.

The following is a summary of the 4/16/14 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.” The company is repudiating the Contract it made with area businesses and individuals that compensates them for economic and environmental losses associated with BP’s spill.

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

My Summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP environmental specialist Joey Whibbs 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.

Yesterday’s findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 131 tar balls were collected during the survey, amounting to over 4.5 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach – by one person.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 40,300 tar balls and 1,990 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 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 some of yesterday’s collected oil.

BP oil spill tar balls fort pickens

Portion of BP oil observed Wednesday, April 16, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

BP oil spill tar balls fort pickens

Portion of BP oil observed Wednesday, April 16, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

Click to see prior beach reports

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  1. Donnie Tucker says:
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    I look at the Gulf of Mexico spill as a warning of bigger oil spills to come. The response was evident that big oil was not ready for such a disaster. Future oil spill may look much the same . Now when the next oil rig sinks, look for these 3 possibilities . 1- BOP works 2 -BOP fails two months or longer to stop the oil. 3- Pipe seal from sea floor pulled and damaged explosion required to seal off earth crust to stop oil from flowing around pipe. This maybe what kills the oceans and all living creatures on earth. For number 2- I designed a devise to capture a pipe similar to 2010 oil spill. Google Tucker Pipe Grapples a File from U.S. Patent can be found.

  2. je40 says:
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    Yeah, you go Bart. Anything that doesn’t fit you corporate world-view MUST be BS. The truth couldn’t be something I don’t want to hear

  3. Tom Young says:
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    Thanks for the feedback “Bart” and Robert.

    I have lived in Florida for 42 years and I too remember getting tar on my feet along Pinellas County beaches in the 1970’s. My grandmother would have a tub of turpentine sitting at the ready by the front door.

    Thing is, I’m not so sure we would consider those the “Good old days” for the environment. In large part those 1970’s tar balls were there b/c of lax standards that have since been tightened (by “hippies” no doubt).

    To your statement that “the area is subject to all kinds of pollution from freighters and barges passing by”, the tar balls collected each day by FDEP are tested and confirmed to originate from MC-252, a.k.a., the Macondo Prospect, a.k.a., BP Deepwater Horizon.

    Furthermore, Fort Pickens is but one of many locations surveyed by FDEP personnel. The oily material is found all along NW Florida beaches (not to mention Alabama, etc).

  4. Robert Gosse says:
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    Umm, a couple of things. First, the picture of the beach where they balls were supposedly picked up is not Fort Pickens. It is across the bay at the Navy base. It is subject to all kinds of pollution from freighters and barges passing by. Also the tidal inlet is not an inlet, its an out flow from a swamp. Second, I’ve lived here for 50+ years and I remember as a little kid getting tar balls stuck to my feet while at the beach. Granted it didn’t happen very often, but the point is tar balls are not a new thing.

  5. Bart says:
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    Hippie BS.

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