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State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Daily Beach Pollution Report for Monday, February 3, 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

Monday, February 3, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP personnel Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs conducted post-response monitoring surveys in Bay County, Florida, with a focus in the Panama City Beach and St. Andrews Park areas. These areas are well east of the spill site and surveyed very infrequently.

Fortunately, only one Surface Residue Ball (SRB or “tar ball”) was found in 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 can still be found well removed from the source.

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 an image of yesterday’s collected oil.

BP Oil Bay County, Florida

BP oil collected Monday, February 3, 2014 on Bay County, Florida beach. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves. Photo courtesy of FDEP.

Click to see prior beach reports

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