The following is a summary of the daily beach oiling report issued by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). We 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 losses associated with BP’s spill.
Now BP claims that it is the victim. You be the judge.
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report for Wednesday, January 8, 2014
On Wednesday, FDEP personnel conducted post-response monitoring surveys along Escambia County, Florida beaches. Due to cold temperatures and poor water clarity, only portions of the beach were surveyed.
Even with a restricted survey zone, numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs) 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. Fortunately, the survey team was able to collect all SRBs it discovered. Unfortunately, due to poor conditions, it is likely that significant numbers of SRB’s remain in the area undetected.
A total of 569 SRBs were collected during the survey, amounting to well over five pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from this section of beach today. This is an extraordinary amount for such a small area, particularly considering that we are approaching the four year anniversary of the spill.
See below for images of today’s collected oil.