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The State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Pollution Report for Friday, March 7, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 3/7/14 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 encourage President Obama 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 7, 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 Pensacola Beach area.

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 141 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 35,500 tar balls and 1,927 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 an image of some of today’s collected oil.

BP oil tar balls

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, March 7, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. 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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  1. Rick Lacey says:
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    WARNING: Gulf Waters can cause a host of ailments, including eye, nose and throat irritation; respiratory problems; blood in urine, vomit and rectal bleeding; seizures; nausea and violent vomiting episodes that last for hours; skin irritation, burning and lesions; short-term memory loss and confusion; liver and kidney damage; central nervous system effects and nervous system damage; hypertension; and miscarriages.

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