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The State of the Gulf: BP Oil Spill Beach Pollution Report for Monday, February 24, 2014

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The following is a summary of the 2/24/14 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

Monday, February 24, 2014

Today, FDEP personnel Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Pensacola NAS  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.

Today’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 723 tar balls were collected during today’s survey, amounting to over 2.5 pounds 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 34,316 tar balls and 501 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, here is the small area covered by today’s survey:

BP Survey Map

Less than 1,000 yards are covered in the typical survey. All of the BP tar balls seen below were collected in this small beach area today, Monday, February 24, 2014.

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 today’s collected oil.

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Portion of BP oil observed Monday, February 24, 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.

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Portion of BP oil observed Monday, February 24, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

Click to see prior beach reports

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  1. Gareth says:
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    If this bacteria infects someone and becomes somehow contagious… (Airborne even?)
    The possibilities are obvious. BP needs to be pinned to this! Our governments should have already addressed and cured this catastrophe but it’s obvious they don’t care enough to spend any time or money on it or even have it regularly shown on world news so that the masses do something.
    If BP or others are not held accountable, who will do something about it? I don’t imagine people will be jumping at the opportunity to deal with flesh eating bacteria. Unless this is addressed by the masses across the world and at the same time, quickly! This new disgusting product of our species that we have sadly created will eventually spread and be come a part of simply visiting the beach. What is this world we are allowing ourselves to create? I can’t imagine any educated person answering this question with out utter disgust and a wave of nausea and depression, knowing we are all responsible. Responsible as a whole for allowing this one, of many mankind mistakes to occur on such a beautiful planet! We are currently the cancer of the planet, but that is our choice. We can come together as one to turn everything around, the question is… Will I?