Oil Lingering in Waters off Alabama, Mississippi and Florida Beaches

BP oil spill. Photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Emily F. Alley.


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…

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World’s Largest Wind Farm Opens Off UK Coast

Photo source: ©© Adam Foster


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…

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Gulf Oil Spill’s Vastness Confirmed: Largest Marine Oil Accident Ever

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…

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Where You Can and Cannot Dig at the Beach


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…”

Gulf Spill Pictures: Toxic Oil Found Just Under Beaches, National Geographic Photos Gallery

More on Oil Hidden Under Beaches, National Geographic

Fed rules limit oil dig on Pensacola Beach:Cleanup can’t go deeper than 6 inches in sand, Png

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

80 More Pilot Whales Stranded on New Zealand Beach

Beached pilot whales, New Zealand. Photo source: ©© Angieandsteeve


At least 40 out of 80 pilot whales that stranded themselves on a remote northern New Zealand beach have died, and more whales are joining them on land, officials said Wednesday.

It is the second mass beaching in the region in a month…

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August 2010, Karikari Beach, 58 pilot whales beached themselves.

Autopsies on 49 Dead Whales Ruled Out

Dirty secrets at Britain’s Blue-Flagged Beaches

Photo source: ©© Griffin Guiding


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…

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British Beaches Swamped with Pollution, Guardian UK

Revealed: Our Contaminated Beaches, Scotland

Pristine St Nina’s Tombolo, Scotland. Photo courtesy of ©Norma Longo.


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…

Read Full Article, Herald Scotland

Hurricane Igor Aftermath Expected to Create Epic Surf Competition in Scotland

Fraserburgh Scotland Surf

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.

Organisers are predicting 10ft waves.

Fraserburgh Beach Scotland
Fraserburgh beach, Scotland

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Shipwrecks and Vanishing Coastlines: a Nigerian Predicament

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Residents of Jakande Estate, Lekki, have raised an alarm over the spreading erosion on the beach, about 500 metres away from the sea, which they say threaten their lives.

The residents said the erosion was noticed five months ago, and that it might be caused by a stranded ship that has not been removed since a February storm washed some ships ashore.

The culprit ship, named MT Ray, is one of the 16 vessels washed ashore on February 14 but has now sunk deeply into the sea…

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Lekki residents demand urgent action against erosion

Removal of Wrecked Ships: Good for the Environment, Camsao

Lagos State’s intend to intensify efforts to safeguard coastline

Tsunami Detection Improves, but Coastal Areas Still Vulnerable, Report Finds

Photo source: ©© Cristian Labarca


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…

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The mission of the Santa Aguila Foundation is to raise awareness of and mobilize people against the ongoing decimation of coastlines around the world.

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