BP Disaster Pensacola

Email on BP in Bayou Chico

June 26, 2010

To the Pensacola City Council (which doesn’t meet again until July 19):

I live in a townhouse on Mahogany Mill Pond, and I am very concerned about the Bayou Chico BP decontamination operation to be located at the old Runyons facility. Bayou Chico is a recovering Bayou, with an interesting mix of commercial and residential uses. Protecting the Bayou is in the best interest of all of the uses existing in the bayou as well both the City and County. The so called Runyon clean up station will be located between several marinas with primarily recreational boats (PYC, Bahia Mar, Palm Harbor, etc), one of the few popular restaurants (Oar House)and immediately across the bayou from Mahogany Mill Pond – with approximately four hundred feet of flourishing shoreline marsh and associated wildlife including a thriving fiddler crab community. The intertidal communities (emergent grasses, and animal communities) in Mahogany Mill Pond are some of the few remaining in this section of the Bayou and warrant realistic protection.

It makes little sense to allow contaminated VOOs access to Bayou Chico which will simply spread pollution and increase the environmental impact associated with the clean up activities. VOOs should be decontaminated long before they enter sensitive bay or bayou systems – and this initial VOO cleanup should be done either outside the pass, or in a very controlled setting just inside the pass – possibly near NAS.

Additionally, a protective boom could easily and should be installed across the mouth of the pond – and for some reason this continues to be unaddressed with the varying response plans floating around.

I hope that this proposed operation is well scrutinized, that affected parties are given an opportunity to be briefed and provide input about it, and that the rush to do something doesn’t simply create greater problems. Additionally, I hope that the very short section of boom needed to protect Mahogany Mill Pond is put in place soon. I would be delighted to meet with or discuss my concerns with anyone interested.

Bob Kriegel

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  • Ellen Banken August 15, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I am disgusted and would have been there to dispute this had we the public on a whole were notified before the event of bp setting up shop on the bayou chico were told. Anyone who lives on bayou chico I welcome to email and we can ban together on issues. What can we do now, but file a claim and watch our value drop like a rock…. sickening.

  • Michael Boyles June 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    I was trying to reason why exactly they were allowed to go down there and make another mess. BP are not good stewards of the environment, only their wallet. I believe the term is facetious.

  • Brian C. Abrams June 27, 2010 at 11:46 am

    And where exactly is this “Mill Pond”? can’t seem to locate it on any maps.
    Is it south of where the new county boat ramp is to be?

  • Brian C. Abrams June 27, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Besides, the Pensacola Shipyard was already approved (zoned) for the current BP operations.
    That is why the City and the County were not notified nor did BP ask for permission in advance because the operation was already an “acceptable use”.

  • Cristy Rodgers June 27, 2010 at 7:06 am

    “I think that was based on BPs record of environmental stewardship.”

    What kool-aid have you been drinking? BP has a HORRIBLE record of spills and kills. Just because Hannity and Limbaugh say it’s so does not make it reality.

  • Michael Boyles June 26, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    This post angers me the most. The marina owner / Bayou Chico Homeowners association president along with the city council welcomed BP with open arms. I think that was based on BPs record of environmental stewardship. Now there is likely a problem and someone speaks up against this. Where were the opponents of this stupid move when the City gave BP the key to Bayou Chico?