Emerald Coastkeeper Chassidy Hobbs sent me this email about what she saw on Pensacola Beach: I started my morning out on Pensacola Beach documenting tar balls. About 5 today I was doing an interview with Waterkeeper Magazine around Avenida 16 when I saw 4 young men walking down the beach picking [...]
Escambia Disaster Response - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Friday, June 4 - 5:30 p.m. - Update #35 * If you see tar or oiled debris on the beach, DO NOT PICK IT UP. Report it to 1-866-448-5816. * The beaches at Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key remain open. * Escambia County Board [...]
Kim Carmichael sent us these photos with a note: "I took these pics from the boat late today. These guys were laying this along the beach on the Gulf side near the Pass. Do you know what type of boom it is?" ----- ----- Oil moouse patch in Pensacola pass (taken from a iPhone):
We received several complaints that the dozen or so BP clean-up workers that were sent to Pensacola Beach were more interested in watching girls in bikinis than picking up tarballs. Here is one email: My friend lives between Ft. Pickens and Casino Beach. She just called to tell me that the [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 reader shot this yesterday at sunset on Pensacola Beach:
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. [...]
The Daily Beast has this slideshow of the wildlife hurt by this BP disaster. I got nauseous viewing them. View here.
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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
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 [...]
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.