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State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Report: Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 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 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.

My Summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

On Tuesday, FDEP personnel conducted post-response monitoring surveys along Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort Pickens and Langdon Beach areas.

Numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs) 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. Only a portion of the beach was surveyed and therefore these findings do not represent the potential findings throughout the entire segment.

A total of 328 SRBs and 3 SRPs (Surface Residue Patty) were collected during the survey, amounting to nearly 5 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach today. This is an extraordinary amount for such a small area, particularly considering that we are approaching the four year anniversary of the spill.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 26,200 SRBs and 435 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.

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 images of today’s collected oil.

January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRP Sample B

Portion of BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves. Photos courtesy of FDEP.

January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample A

Portion of BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample B

Portion of BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

Click to see prior beach reports

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  1. Eyeswideopen says:
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    Now Bp just claimed the 5th Circuit erred a move that appears to start undoing the certification of the class. On the same grounds that directly conflicts with the arguments their experts used to seek approval.

    Supplemental Declaration of John C. Coffee, JR.
    Document 7730-2 filed 10/22/12 page 5 of 17
    “Typicality, according to the Fifth Circuit, does not require a complete identity of claims, rather, the critical inquiry is weather the class representative’s claims have the same essential characteristic of those of the putative class. If the claims arise from a similar course of conduct and share the same legal theory, factual differences will not defeat typicality” (quoting James v. City of Dallas, 254F3d 551, 571 (5th Cir. 2001)
    Now for those interested read the settlement items listed and see what the PSC gave up in exchange for this deal.
    15. Final Order and Judgment, Dismissal with Prejudice.
    16. Cooperation of Parties as to Consummation of the Settlement.
    17. Cooperation of parties as to Support of Settlement.

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    I don’t know what URL is, but I used to live in Long Beach, Ms. and it is very disheartening to hear this news. I am so hungry for out wonderful seafood from home, but I am so afraid of it. Will life in the Gulf Ever be back to where it was before? i pray for my dear friends and family who are living there now and eating the seafood. I pray they won’t die from this. BP owes everyone that eats food coming from our beautiful Gulf Coast.