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The State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Pollution Report for March 1-3, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 3/01/14 and 3/03/14 beach oiling reports 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

Saturday, March 1, 2014 & Monday, March 3, 2014

On Saturday and Monday, FDEP personnel Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs conducted underwater snorkel surveys off 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 submerged oil mat, removing over 43 additional pounds of BP Deepwater Horizon oil product.

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 the collected oil.

BP oil mat fort pickens

The FDEP team prepares to dive for oil off Fort Pickens Beach in Escambia County, Florida on March 1, 2014.

BP oil mat fort pickens

BP oil collected during the day’s dive.

Large BP tar ball

Large BP tar ball.

Over 43 pounds of BP Deepwater Horizon oil were collected during the dives on Saturday and Monday, nearly four years after BP's disaster.

Over 43 pounds of BP Deepwater Horizon oil was collected during the dives on Saturday and Monday, nearly four years after BP’s disaster.

Click to see prior beach reports

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