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Contrary to BP’s assertions that the Gulf is making a strong recovery and that any lasting effects from the company’s Deepwater Horizon Blowout are minimal, I offer this weekly summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) daily beach monitoring surveys.

Typical Beach Survey Coverage
Example of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s typical beach survey coverage on any given day. The FDEP usually surveys less than 1,000 yards when collecting the BP oil residue pictured below. All photos courtesy of FDEP.

Since the end of BP’s active cleanup efforts in June 2013, government agencies (not BP) have documented and removed over 31,689 Surface Residue Balls (SRBs), better known as tar balls, and more than 470 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil 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.

These numbers thus represent a very limited snapshot of residual oiling on Northwest Florida’s beaches. If one were to extrapolate this data to include all of Florida’s Gulf beaches, as well as the coasts of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, it would not be hard to imagine that the problem is much more pervasive and lasting than BP is willing to admit.

Worse, much of this oil material is contaminated with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Laypeople should not handle.

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.

Readers may find daily reports of the FDEP’s findings here. What follows is a summary of FDEP’s reports, including number and volume of tar balls recovered, as well as associated photos, filed for the week of January 19, 2014, nearly four years after the spill.

Last Week’s Findings

Amount of BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls ("SRBs") collected for the week of January 19, 2014, as well as cumulative volumes since BP ceased active cleanup operations in June 2013.
Amount of BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls (“SRBs”) collected for the week of January 19, 2014, as well as cumulative volumes since BP ceased active cleanup operations in June 2013.
January 20, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample
Portion of BP Oil collected Monday, January 20, 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.
January 20, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample B
BP Oil collected Monday, January 20, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRP Sample B
BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample A
BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 21, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample B
BP Oil collected Tuesday, January 21, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 22, 2014 BP Oil - SRB Sample
BP Oil observed Wednesday, January 22, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 23, 2014 BP Oil Tar Balls Escambia County, Florida Beach
BP Oil collected Thursday, January 23, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 24, 2014 BP Oil Spill Tar Balls Escambia County, Florida Beach
BP Oil collected Friday, January 24, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.
January 24, 2014 BP Oil Spill Tar Balls Escambia County, Florida Beach
BP Oil collected Friday, January 24, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

Click for all daily and weekly BP beach oil pollution reports since January 1, 2014.

4 Comments

  1. Joseph H. Saunders

    Great report Tom. Nice to see the facts as opposed to BP advertising that everything has been fixed.

  2. Gravatar for Trisha Springstead
    Trisha Springstead

    http://dahrjamail.net/gulf-ecosystem-in-crisis-after-bp-spill

    Tom this has many links but they are not listening to the people as you well know.

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    Trisha Springstead

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/earth/new-analysis-of-gulf-oil-spill.html?_r=0

    Wrong testing Methodology they used containers that absorbed the Chemicals in the Corexit and the Oil it was 2800 times more toxic than we were told.

  4. Gravatar for Trisha Springstead
    Trisha Springstead

    Here you go some more links and articles, how in the world can they say the seafood is safe:

    http://dahrjamail.net/bps-widespread-human-health-crisi Peter lives in Cedar Key, Florida

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