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The State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Pollution Report for Friday, March 21, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 3/21/14 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, March 21, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP environmental specialist Joey Whibbs conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort McRee and Sugar Island areas.

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 143 tar balls were collected during yesterday’s survey, amounting to well over one pound 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 37,000 tar balls and 1,937 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

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, March 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.

BP oil

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, March 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

Click to see prior beach reports

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    […] Pathogenic bacteria carried-off by water runoffs coming from different sources all add-up to cause beach pollution giving rise to environmental causes for concern and posing health risks to beach […]

  2. jim says:
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    BP is trying to now act like canceled projects, reduced sales, canceled vacations, and on and on never happened. How in the world do you like the economoce loss suffered by linking these losses to the oil spill. That is why the formula was developed by BP to begin with. The effect of watching all that oil spill into the GULF for weeks upon months was just plain destructive to the economy of my company. Shame on BP for all their mid representations of the facts.

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    BP is trying to now act like canceled projects, reduced sales, canceled vacations, and on and on never happened. How in the world do you like the economoce loss suffered by linking these losses to the oil spill. That is why the formula was developed by BP to begin with. The effect of watching all that oil spill into the GULF for weeks upon months was just plain destructive to the economy of my company. Shame on BP for all their mid representations of the facts.
    Please we do not need BP in the GULF anymore.
    BP pay your fines and get out……

  4. jim says:
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    Please clean up your mess and go home…
    BP never come back.
    No one in this country should buy BP products.

  5. Maria Karahalis says:
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    Dear BP , Do you remember a few hundred years ago when your country came to American to fight a war that you started but could not finish. You now stand on the same
    soil and apparently are going down that same road.You are taking the American people for fools and trying to shove this monstrosity of evil that you have committed in our country down our throats.You’ve killed innocent people and out right lied to cover up your wrong like a little 5 year old would do. You have hurt thousands of Americans financially and now want to try every dirty trick in the book to try and get out of paying your dues.I’m going to call every Congressman and Senator in this country to see why your were given the right to drill for oil in our country again. I would call the President but we know he has no backbone to stand up for the American people when they need him. I will never buy one drop of gasoline ever again from any of your BP gas stations.
    BP Go Home !

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    Yes Dave i agree, it is one of the most disgraceful. actions to take place, in our united states of America. O thats rite, there not in the u.s. maybe our city counsels, our mayors, our Governors. for the effected sates. would stand up, and say. sorry we cant except any money, from bp until you satisfy the claims of our tax paying citizens. that pays for the government. even if bp would have said to the same states affected, that they would pay the affected people of the spill. before they started donating all kinds of, outrages money to states and county governments, to build parks and to, well whatever they decide to spend it on. who knows? i have myself, had to hire, or should i say been forced to hire an attorney. to try and get my medical claim filed. that i had been filing and filing paper work for almost two years, on my own claim. now we the people, have to suffer, becuase bp and its affiliates. ignored safety! and persons where killed, injured, and have become sick, from no fault of there own. people have lost money due to the fact your oil on our beaches, scared them away from our beaches and states. i guess the moral of my story is, b.p. and my local and state government, even you president Obama. turn my stomach, with your politics and reasoning behind, allowing these out of country land rapers. to come into our back yards make a disaster, while taking in record profits, and not make them pay us. im sure they have already paid you?

  7. Dave Arnsby says:
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    BP is now paying Counties and Government agencies ahead of Business Claimants ! This is absolutely disgraceful. The BP Claims Program has not paid any Business claims in almost three Years. What is the matter with the Judicial System How can this be allowed ? The Government allows BP to obtain Drilling leases again, with no conditions to pay the legitimate business claims first . Why not ? What on earth is going on here. How can this be allowed.

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