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Tar Ball Pollution from BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Found in 2014
Florida Department of Environmental Protection specialists Joey Whibbs and David Perkinson searched Fort Pickens on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Whibbs and Perkinson collected 69 BP Deepwater Horizon tar balls and patties weighing nearly ten pounds. Photos courtesy FDEP.
The following is a summary of the 6/04/14 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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Yesterday, FDEP environmental specialists Joey Whibbs and 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. A total of 69 tar balls and patties were collected during the survey, amounting to nearly ten pounds of Deepwater Horizon oil product removed from these sections of beach – by just two people.

Since the end of BP’s official cleanup efforts in June 2013, over 44,000 tar balls and 2,100 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.

BP oil patty
A portion of the nearly ten pounds of BP oil collected yesterday.

Click to see prior beach reports


  1. Gravatar for Chris Wickline

    Thanks Tom Young for not letting this story die and for keeping us informed on the game BP is playing, trying to renege on it's promise.

  2. Gravatar for Steven

    The BP spill was sunken under the waters surface and there are reports it is still being sunken under the water. The Tar Balls do not have flesh eating bacteria, the oil would have killed off any bacteria, it is too toxic for living organisms. The tar balls contain Coreioxt 9527 and Corexit 9500 dispersants that contain oil based chemicals, DOSS, which prevents bacteria from having an effect on oil, sort of like a biocide, and finally the dispersants contain 2 butoxy ethanol, which breaks down the lipid layer under your skin and allows the 2 butoy ethanol and all sorts of other chemicals in oil to directly absorb through your skin, breaking down red blood cells, and creating cancers in your organs and various parts of the body. The person that stated there is flesh eating bacteria is trying to mislead you so you will not understand where the toxicity contained in the tar balls comes from and to scare people off from handling them. One should not handle them since the label on both Corexit dispersants claim these dispersants can cause kidney failure and death, and the EPA knows this and has since testing performed in the 70" and 80's. I would not recommend anyone to eat any seafood out of the Gulf nor even get in the Gulf, and this will be true for the next 20 years minimum!

  3. Gravatar for Rick Lacey

    BP sacrificed American lives to reduce per-barrel fines. No company has ever been as grossly negligent, and the maximum fine is not nearly punishment enough.

    The only way for this country to punish BP and reclaim our self respect is to invoke the BP Corollary which extends the Monroe Doctrine to foreign corporations. Once the people demand it, our President can then use the doctrine to force BP to divest its American assets, pay all claims and restitution, and leave our hemisphere forever.

    If you have not read my book, The BP Corollary, you do not know the extent of the depravity in BP decision making in the days after the explosion.

    If a foreign government had gassed Americans we would be at war. Why are we allowing a foreign corporation to get away with it?

    Read the corollary. Give it to your friends. Demand justice.

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