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BP & The Real State of the Gulf – Pollution Report for Tuesday, July 29, 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 Perdido Key on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Perkinson collected 60 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls. Photos courtesy FDEP.

The following is a summary of the 7/29/14 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

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

On Tuesday, FDEP environmental specialist David Perkinson conducted a post-response monitoring survey on Escambia County, Florida beaches, with a focus in the Perdido Key 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.

Tuesday’s findings indicate that oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill is still quite prevalent. A total of 60 tar balls were collected during the survey, amounting to more than one-quarter pound of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach – by just one person.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 46,200 tar balls and 3,910 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 some of Tuesday’s collected oil.

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

Portion of BP oil observed Tuesday, July 29, 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 Tuesday, July 29, 2014 on Escambia County, Florida beaches.

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

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