Latest on BP Oil Spill

May 11, 2010

The oil spill is now 129 miles from the city of Pensacola.

Based on the latest projection from NOAA, Escambia County is not anticipating any direct oil impact in the next 48 hours. Weather conditions remain favorable. Wind and currents continue to keep the plume away from the Florida coast for at least the next 72 hours according to DEP.

Escambia County beaches remain clear and beautiful.

Currently 5,600 feet of BP’s boom is staged in Pensacola with an additional 10,000 feet of boom on order. If a boom is placed by a private citizen, that individual assumes responsibility for the boom, including the chance it could dislodge into the water or be harmful to wildlife.

Booms placed by private citizens that become impacted by oil are the responsibility of that individual and require special authorization for removal and proper disposal.

A local BP community outreach and claims office has been established for citizens at 435 East Government Street.

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  • LL LAIRD May 11, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Press Release: Pattie and Ed Krakowski are organizing a protest and staging a Anti-Drilling/Anti Purchase at the Pensacola “”” BP “”” station: Friday 14,at noon/ Corner of Palofox and Cervantes St. Demostrators/please bring signs and anything else you can think of.***SAVE OUR BEACH***AND DUMP THOSE “”DRILL BABY DRILL PEOPLE””RSVP/DIRECTIONS 850-380-7682

  • Lori Wallace May 11, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I just read the same story as M. Sullivan, and while many may find the language offensive, the truth is there, in those offensive words.

    Booms are a sham, placed only to appease a willfully ignorant public, and the elected officials who appear on the news, touting them.

  • M. Sullivan May 11, 2010 at 3:33 am

    Hi, Rick, thank you so much for your work regarding BP’s oil catastrophe. I’ve been following your blog daily since day 3 and am very impressed with your work.

    Speaking of booms, I just read an excellent blog entry by an oil and gas production guy who is really angry at BP (and the Coast Guard) for not even trying to boom properly along the coast. It’s a total joke and everyone knows it.

    Here’s the link:

    The lack of information, and the propensity of dis- and misinformation from BP is criminal, IMO. I wonder when Gulf residents are going to start organizing protests and staging demonstrations at all BP offices across the nation. I fear nothing will change unless the people effect it.

    My heart aches for all the Gulf residents – human, plant and animal.

    Good luck, and thanks again for your coverage.