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The State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Pollution Report for Friday, February 28, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 2/28/14 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 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

Friday, February 28, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP personnel Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort Pickens area where a massive oil mat was discovered on Thursday.

The team continued to mitigate the oil mat but had to abandon the operation prematurely when weather conditions worsened. A total of 106 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product was removed from this section of beach on Friday. This is in addition to the previous day’s removal of over 1,250 pounds. 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 34,316 tar balls and 1,768 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 images of some of yesterday’s collected oil.

BP oil pollution

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, February 28, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beach. Over 100 pounds was collected during the day’s operation. Photos courtesy of FDEP.

FDEP oil response

FDEP team wades in gin clear waters to remove over 100 pounds of oil mat originating from BP’s Deepwater Horizon.

Click to see prior beach reports

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