My readers are the best sources for what is happening: I'm in the sound on the boat right now directly across from the ranger station. There is globs (a lot) of thick oil floating around. I'm talking a lot of oil. There is one cleanup crew out there and they're sitting in their boat doing [...]
Mayor Mike Wiggins reported that Bayou Texar now has triple booming. City staff is booming the grass areas near the trestle and Wayside Park. The second phase of Greenshores (near Pitt's Slip) has boom. Pitt's Slip has anchors for boom but remains open due to the boat traffic and that there is [...]
Two barges recovering oil collided last night in Perdido Key, sparking a small fire. The incident has been contained according to Unified Command.
Lucia Bustamante, BP spokesman, said the much-anticipated beach rakes (which will scoop up the BP globs) are at the Bayou Chico staging area. The new deputy incident leader for BP, Ian Livett, is in Pensacola to discuss their deployment. Livett will be the BP leader for Florida. Bustamante says [...]
Comm. Grover Robinson: We need better communication. We need more boats to fight this battle. I don't want to hear about EPA regulations, Jones Act impeding the boats being deployed. Whatever is blocking us needs to be waive. I am confident we can be successful in fighting this, but we need a [...]
Twenty vessels fighting it. Commissioner Grover Robinson flew over the area in an ECSO helicopter. Pensacola Beach appeared clear. There were orange patches in Pensacola Bay near the Ranger station. Boats were skimming it up. Sheen was spotted in Pensacola Bay south of the Palafox Pier. Robinson [...]
Panama City News Herald reports: "Bay County's first tangible landfall from the Deepwater Horizon crisis is not tar balls or oil plumes. Instead, it’s a storage tank officials think was onboard the Deepwater Horizon rig when it exploded and sank off the coast of Louisiana in April." Read more
The Mobile Press Register had two reports: Beaches turn black: The picture that I posted yesterday was only the beginning of the problem for Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Thousands of people lined Gulf Shores' beaches, but almost no one dared even put a toe in the water. In an [...]
The PNJ reports that 90+ workers were let go on Friday due to having an uncertified instructor. WEAR TV reports Able Body Labor of Pensacola will provide residents with the 40-hour hazmat training class for free. If you already have your hazwoper certification, you will be put to work immediately, [...]
I spent yesterday in the Mississippi Delta. People asked about the BP oil disaster constantly. Many of them vacation annually at Orange Beach, Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach or Destin. They said that their realtors had offered 15 percent discounts and had waived their cancellation policies. One had [...]
County and City officials said at this morning's EOC briefing that there has been confirmed oil mouse on Orange Beach but none on Pensacola Beacb. Pensacola Mayor Mike Wiggins said Bayou Texar has been doubled boomed and most inland areas have been protected with the exception of Phase 2 of [...]
The United States Coast Guard posts daily photos concerning Deepwater Horizon and the clean-up. Here are some the photos that I have downloaded - most are from Grand Isles, La.