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Oil Workers Still Not Wearing Respirators

During a national press conference this afternoon, David Michaels of OSHA said spill clean-up workers are still not being advised to use respirators. “We are currently not recommending the use of respirators since it would require a great amount of work for being fitted and medical [...]

FWC Fishing Advisory

Press Release from FWC: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises anglers and boaters in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in northwest Florida that oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill could soon reach coastal waters of these counties.  Oil [...]

Mack smacks blog

Councilmember and "Strong Mayor" wannabe Diane Mack is upset with me challenging the City of Pensacola's response to the BP Oil Disaster. From her latest newsletter: "A report on City actions to monitor Bayou Chico/BP activities has been posted at this link: [...]

A photo says more than words

A photo says more than words

A reader shot this yesterday at sunset on Pensacola Beach:

Report from Ft. Pickens

Bad news folks. This morning the first "tar balls" started landing on Pensacola Beach. This stuff is really more like blobs of chocolate mousse than tar. From what I saw on the beach in front of White Sands, the blobs ranged in size from smaller than a dime to four or five inches in diameter. [...]

This makes me want to throw up

This makes me want to throw up

The Daily Beast has this slideshow of the wildlife hurt by this BP disaster. I got nauseous viewing them. View here.

Open Thread: Tell us your BP disaster stories

We want to hear your stories. I will relax the rules and let you be unnamed. However, stay on subject. We want stories about claim issues, conversations with BP and elected officials and what you are seeing. If you want to talk more about anything, please email me directly - rick@inweekly.net

Oil Hits Keys

It appears that the BP spill has spread into the Florida Keys. The Keys News reports an oil sheen off of Duck Key. http://keysnews.com/node/23801

BP Pleasure Fleet, another internet success

BP Pleasure Fleet, another internet success

The Daily Beast article on BP's mishandling of the Vessels of Opportunity program is one of the most popular on the site. Over 500 people have told their Facebook friends that they like the article. It has been picked up by other media: Business Insider: How BP Is Screwing Over Out-Of-Work [...]

Buzz: Obama may be coming

My sources tell me that an advance team from the Secret Service was on Pensacola Beach yesterday. The buzz is that President Barack Obama may be coming here. Calls to county officials found none of them had been notified of a presidential visit...yet.

Mother Jones: Elmer’s Island Wildlife Refuge cover-up

British Petroleum has blocked the media from seeing the damage their crude oil has done to that he 1,700-acre home to fish, shrimp, and crab nurseries. Even the oil continues to poor on the shore there, BP and its contractor ES&H have reduced the number of cleanup workers from 110 to about [...]

BP does damage control on impact to wildlife

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering the BP oil disaster is getting accurate numbers on the marine and wildlife killed by the 21 million gallons of crude oil that has been spewing from Deepwater Horizon. BP will tell us many people and boats are involved in the cleanup and [...]

Meek: “Leadership isn’t being in Pensacola to see the first drop of oil.”

I spoke yesterday with Congressman Kendrick Meek, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Meek was in New York City and had just finished an interview on MSNBC, where he talked about the BP oil disaster. We talked about the mismanagement of the Vessels of Opportunity program and the lack of [...]

Beast Corps: Cabinet visits Escambia County

From Beast Corps correspondent Franklin Hayes: As the largest potential economic disaster loomed in the Gulf of Mexico just a few miles off the coast of Pensacola Beach, the Sunshine State’s sitting Governor addressed reporters gathered in Escambia County’s Emergency Operations Center [...]

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