BP Disaster

Pensacola Beach is the Wild West

July 1, 2010

Who is in charge of the cleanup/cover up activities on Pensacola Beach? Heavy equipment is destroying the beach daily. I have a confirmed report from a county official that at least one sand dune has been leveled to provide access to the beach for the equipment.

Areas of beach are being roped off by BP contractors, who don’t have the authority to do so. When Sheriff’s deputies pull up the stakes, oil has been found on the tips.

BP seems to be totally surprised by the buried oil, even though we and other media have been reporting it since June 24. Dan Thomas took BP spokesperson Lucia Bustamante to Pensacola Beach on Monday. Here is the exchange when Thomas pointed out buried oil

“Yeah I know why is it there?”

“Well now that I know where it is, I can talk to supervisors and get crews over here”

—-It takes a reporter with a shovel to help BP find the oil? See the broadcast


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  • Michael Canty July 1, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I find it interesting and annoying and criminal that BP can do ANYTHING they want on the beach w/out worry. We are beholden to their threat of not paying… They know we can’t clean up their mess so they are playing the “my way or the highway” game….

    The “small people” can’t take a dog on the beach, have to not walk on seaoats, had FWC look at our coolers at will when fishing.

    Now? Run that grader straight thru and load it all up into the front-end loader to take it all off somewhere…

    I watched the dump trucks lined up this aftn at casino parking lot and all of the sand being bagged and dumped… so much for the beach restoration, it is being carted off…….

  • Brian C. Abrams July 1, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    The sand dune destruction seems to be another unconfirmed rumor.

  • Michael Allen July 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Corps of Engineers has permitting authority over coasts. Destroying a sand dune – wouldn’t that be a federal offense? The contractor supervisors out there are obviously not trained very well and have been given too much authority to act without regard to chain of command. Its bad enough that they don’t get the beaches cleaned (Pickens) and that the debris trucks leak oil onto the streets. This junk is going to be in the sand for generations!

  • Brian C. Abrams July 1, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Like you have said as well as I, the beach clean-up effort is all a Dog & Pony Show for the general public.
    BP will not admit it but they have directed their contractors to only pickup what oil they can see on top of the sand.
    And unless they are in the same spot 24/7, they are gonna miss what gets buried by wave action.