Tag Archives: Oil Pollution

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…

Read Full Article, Press Register

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…

Read Full Article, The Earth Institute at Columbia University / Science Daily

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

Second big fish kill in less than a week reported in Louisiana

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Plaquemines Parish officials are continuing to investigate a fish kill discovered Thursday.

P.J. Hahn, coastal zone director for the parish, said the parish would like to see more testing of the area where the kill was reported to determine whether oil from the BP spill contributed to the kill, as well as earlier fish kill reported last week…

Read Full Article, The Times-Picayune

Photo Gallery, WWLTV Louisiana

Scientists Document Fate of Deep Hydrocarbon Plumes in Gulf Oil Spill

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care

Excerpts From Texas University, in ScienceDaily

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a team of scientists led by UC Santa Barbara’s David Valentine and Texas A&M University’s John Kessler embarked on a research cruise with an urgent mission: determining the fate and impact of hydrocarbon gases escaping from a deep-water oil spill…

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Millions of Migrating Birds Heading to Oil

Gulf Oil Disaster-Oiled Feather on Boom. Oil saturated feather and partially dry oil are just above the water line on a “hard” rubber boom anchored around a small unnamed bayou with a large bird population in Bartaria Bay, La., on June 23, 2010. Captions And Photo source: ©© Lance Cheung


Nearly five million Migratory birds from Canada are now winging their way south across North America, and many of them could be in for a nasty shock when they reach the oily marshes and beaches along the Gulf Coast…

Read Full Article, Discovery News

Tar balls coat Indian beaches

Photo source: NOAA


Wave after wave of tar balls floated ashore last wednesday, on the renowned Goa beaches after a ship dumped tons of waste oil off India’s western coast, officials said.

Semisolid lumps of oil formed layers up to six inches deep (15 centimeters deep) on beaches in the popular tourist destination…

Read Full Article, AP

Beach pollution due to tar balls an annual event, The Times of India
The Goa government on Thursday downplayed the pollution of beaches due to tar balls in the state by terming it an “annual phenomenon”. The tourism industry which is gearing up for the tourist season in October had feared adverse impact on business after the tar balls on Goa beaches made national and international headlines.

NIH to launch Gulf oil spill health study

Hands In BP’s Oil, Greenpeace. Photo source: © Greenpeace

Embargoed for Release, Tuesday, September 7, 2010.

The National Institutes of Health will launch a multi-year study this fall to look at the potential health effects from the oil spill in the Gulf region. The Gulf Worker Study, announced by NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., in June, is in response to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Collins pledged $10 million in NIH funding for the study’s initial phases.

To help expedite the launch of the study, BP will contribute an additional $10 million to NIH for this and other important health research. The BP funding will come through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI). The GRI is a ten-year, $500 million independent research program established by BP to better understand and mitigate the environmental and potential health effects of the Gulf spill. The NIH will have full autonomy regarding the distribution of the $10 million, with input from external scientific experts in environmental health and who are familiar with the Gulf region…

Read Full Article, By The National Institutes of Health, U.S Department of Health and Human Services.