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State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Daily Beach Pollution Report for Friday, February 7, 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

Friday, February 7, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP personnel Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs conducted post-response monitoring surveys in Escambia County, Florida, focusing on dredge spoil on the north side of Sugar Island.

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. Unfortunately, the survey team was unable to collect all SRBs it discovered. The tar balls were simply too numerous for the team’s limited resources to fully mitigate.

A total of 167 tar balls were collected during yesterday’s survey, amounting to over one pound of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach. This is an extraordinary amount for such a small area – less than 1,000 yards – 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 32,874 tar balls and 476 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 yesterday’s collected oil.

BP Oil SRB Sample A - 2-08-14

Portion of BP oil found Friday, February 7, 2014 on Sugar Island in Escambia County, Florida. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves. Photos courtesy of FDEP.

BP Oil SRB Sample B - 2-08-14

Portion of BP oil collected Friday, February 7, 2014 on Sugar Island in Escambia County, Florida.

BP Oil SRB Sample C - 2-08-14

Portion of BP oil collected Friday, February 7, 2014 on Sugar Island in Escambia County, Florida.

Click to see prior beach reports

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    Thanks Tom, My problem has been with the Capt of the Ports in St Petersburg. I was in Applalacola in 2011 and called and was told I was delusional. LOL I have all of the photos and the links. I went back in 2013 and reported again no one wanted to listen. I will try again.
    Thanks.

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    Trisha – If you encounter beach oiling, call the National Response Center (NRC) at 1-800-424-8802. Once a report is filed, the USCG will investigate the report and FDEP will receive a notification through the State Watch Office. If you request State callback when making the NRC call, FDEP will contact you and work with you from there.

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    Thanks Tom we need to start looking closely at South Florida Also.

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