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BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Monday, July 7, 2014

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

Florida Department of Environmental Protection specialist David Perkinson searched Fort Pickens on Monday, July 7, 2014. Perkinson collected 51 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls weighing over one pound. Photos courtesy FDEP.

The following is a summary of the 7/07/14 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. Worse, the company has recently acted to take back payments already made to victims.

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

Monday, July 7, 2014

Yesterday, 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. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

Yesterday’s findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent, with over 50 tar balls collected, resulting in more than one pound of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from this section of beach on Monday – by just one person.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 44,680 tar balls and 3,678 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 an image of yesterday’s collected oil.

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

Portion of BP oil observed Monday, July 7, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches. These hardened balls are often filled with deadly, flesh-eating bacteria. Do not handle without protective gloves.

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

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

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  1. Marian says:
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    I’m a 70+ FL native as were my parents. Went to the beach almost everyday. There were many times we came home with tar on our feet. We washed it off with kerosene.
    BP is not blameless, but they were not around 70 yrs. ago.
    Maybe BP should not be blamed for what other oil companies or shipping companies are dumping in the ocean, or what occurs naturally.

    • Tom Young says:
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      Well, I am only in my 40’s and I too remember a bucket of turpentine at the front door of our beach house. That was in the 1970s. Not exactly a time of high minded environmental regulation. So to say “in the good old days we had tons of oil on the beach” is not a legitimate response.

      I had seen no such tar balls since probably 1975 until post Deepwater Horizon in 2010. Rest assured, we can and should blame this on BP.

  2. Clint says:
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    Well Marion let me tell you my grandfather had a camp still does on Grand Isle La n never did we have tar on our feet! Until after their bullshit negligence! I own a seafood business in Larose La, and believe me our crabbing and shrimping industry is history! You can believe that it is all from BP N THERE PROBLEM!! They will pay they can’t renig on something they signed

  3. Mike says:
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    Interesting. Was any oil chemistry fingerprinting done to show that this is from the Macondo well? There are plenty of natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

  4. Mike says:
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    Very interesting. Was any oil chemistry fingerprinting done to show that this is from the Macondo well? There are plenty of natural oil seeps in the Gulf of Mexico.

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