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BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Friday, June 20, 2014

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BP Oil Mat Pollution Florida Beach

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, June 20, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves. Over 1,544 pounds of BP oil was collected over six days on-site. Photos courtesy of FDEP.

The following is a summary of the 6/20/14 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 and further environmental damage come at a time when BP is attempting to renege on its oft-stated “Commitment to the Gulf.” BP is repudiating the Contract and Settlement Agreement it made with area businesses and individuals that compensates them for economic and environmental losses associated with the spill.

In addition, BP claims that the beaches have been cleaned and that all is well along the Gulf Coast. This despite the fact that the United States Coast Guard calls BP’s remediation claims premature, the USCG saying the cleanup effort is “not over by a long shot.”

Now BP claims that it is the victim. You be the judge, and if you are outraged, sign our petition to hold BP accountable, over four years after the company’s disaster.

My Summary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Oiling Report

Friday, June 20, 2014

On Friday and Saturday, FDEP environmental specialist David Perkinson conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Fort Pickens area.

Numerous Surface Residue Balls (SRBs or “tar balls”) were found throughout the area as well as a large submerged oil mat. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

These findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 1,544 pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product was removed from these sections of beach over the past several days.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 44,600 tar balls and 2,555 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 (one to two people) 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 recently collected oil.

BP Oil Mat Pollution Florida Beach

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, June 20, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

Tar Ball Pollution from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in 2014

Portion of BP oil observed Friday, June 20, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

Tar Ball Pollution from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in 2014

Exposed portion of submerged BP oil mat discovered off Fort Pickens on Friday, June 20, 2014.

Click to see prior beach reports (January 2014 – May 2014)

Click to see prior beach reports (June 2014 – present)

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  1. gef otto says:
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    I am not living in Florida, but I feel that people deserve more respect, no matter if this costs BP some money. After all BP was the guilty party in destroying ocean and nature four years ago. And BP has omitted to really do something substantial about this damage! I will not use BP products anymore until BP really starts getting their act together.

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  3. Trisha Springstead says:
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    They can not cover it up much longer, it is all over the Gulf and coming up daily. Just because you can’t see it doesn’t mean it is not there.
    Thanks Tom

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  5. Moses Reyes says:
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    Not only did the BP oil spill cause havoc for the environment and wildlife,
    the BP oil spill also caused the culture ending earthquake in Haiti shortly after the spill,
    by displacing all of the earth underneath Haiti.

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