A good deal of oil remains in the shallow waters closest to the beaches in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida, according to a federal team using shovels and snorkeling gear to survey the coastline for submerged oil.
The team found tarballs washing ashore with every wave Wednesday morning in the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. And just off the beach, in about 3 feet of water, the team found bands of oil buried under 4 or 5 inches of clean sand…
In the United Kingdom today, excitement was afoot as the world’s largest offshore wind power installation opened officially today off the coast of Kent.
The 300 MW farm was constructed by Swedish alternative energy firm Vattenfall AB. It is located on the North Sea, on the east face of the island, approximately 2 hours east of the capital city of London…
Heavy band of oil from the Deepwater Horizon, seen during an overflight on May 12, 2010. Captions and Photo source: NOAA
BP’s leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was conclusively sealed this week, but even now, questions remain about the amount of oil that actually came out of it.
Initially after the April 20 explosion, officials claimed that the flow could not be measured. Then, as public pressure for information mounted, they looked for ways to measure it, and started producing estimates: at first, 1,000 barrels a day; then 5,000; then 12,000 to 19,000; then upward from there.
Now, in the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the leak’s volume, scientists have affirmed heightened estimates of what is now acknowledged as the largest marine oil accident ever.
Using a new technique to analyze underwater video of the well riser, they say it leaked some 56,000 to 68,000 barrels daily, maybe more, until the first effective cap was installed, on July 15…
A WEAR ABC 3 crew recently went to Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida to check on the state of the beaches in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.
Reporter Dan Thomas brought a shovel to check for oil underneath the sand, but was promptly stopped by Pat Gonzalez of U.S. Fish and Wildlife who told him he needed a permit to dig. When Gonzalez asked if Thomas was digging for “oil product,” Thomas said, “Not necessarily. I just want to see what’s there…”
Oiled sediment. This photo shows the swash zone at USGS sampling location MS-39 on East Ship Island, MS. Waves have cut a steep section into the sand, revealing alternating layers of clean and sticky organic-rich sand that are visible after low tide. (The swash zone is the zone that is alternately covered and exposed by waves.) Captions and Photo source: Shane Stocks / USGS
At least one in four of Britain’s premier bathing beaches are failing to meet the strict requirements of their “Blue Flag” designation, freedom of information requests to local authorities and beach operators have found.
The result is that tens of thousands of bathers who believe they have been swimming in Britain’s cleanest waters may have unknowingly been exposed to raw sewage, according to anti-pollution group Surfers against Sewage (SAS). The beaches in question have no system in place to monitor daily sewage pollution or to warn people if an overflow occurs. SAS says they should be stripped of their status…
Seventeen of Scotland’s most beautiful and popular beaches have been found to be contaminated with dangerous levels of sewage, as the bathing season comes to an end.
The pollution comes from overflowing sewers and from animal faeces washed off the land by rain. It can cause stomach, skin or ear infections and in extreme cases can be lethal for surfers, bathers and paddlers…
Hurricane Igor Aftermath Expected to Create Epic Surf Competition in Scotland
The tail-end of a hurricane that has already battered Bermuda is expected to create “epic” conditions this weekend for the first ever north-east stop of a national surf competition.
Igor, the strongest storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season so far, is expected to affect the coast of Fraserburgh this weekend as scores of professional surfers and extreme sports fans descend on the town.
The UK Professional Surf Tour, which visits 10 beaches every summer, will roll into the Broch on Saturday, making it only the second Scottish town the tour has visited in its 12-year history.
The US’s ability to detect and forecast tsunamis has improved since the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, but current efforts are still not sufficient to meet challenges posed by tsunamis generated near land that leave little time for warning, says a new congressionally requested report from the National Research Council.
The report calls for a comprehensive national assessment of tsunami risk and improved communication and coordination among the two federal Tsunami Warning Centers, emergency managers, media, and the public…