The following is a summary of the 4/08/14 and 4/09/14 daily 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 and continuing environmental damage 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
April 8th & 9th, 2014
On Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, FDEP environmental specialist Joey Whibbs conducted post-response monitoring surveys on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort Pickens, Johnson Beach and Perdido Key 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.
Whibbs’ findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 447 tar balls were collected during the multi-day survey, amounting to over five pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach.
Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 39,700 tar balls and 1,977 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:
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 this week’s collected oil.
As a plaintiff attorney, Tom Young has been at the forefront of some of the Nation's worst disasters. In 2015, he was judicially appointed to represent over 200,000 plaintiffs in an allocation proceeding involving a $1.24 billion settlement with Deepwater Horizon contractor Halliburton and rig owner Transocean. Currently, he's focused on representing numerous communities across the country that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic and are now seeking damages from drug manufacturers and distributors.