Small Amounts of Tar Balls Along Beaches

BP says small amounts of tar balls are being found along some Northwest Florida Beaches.

The tarballs first started showing up in Alabama after Tropical Storm Lee. Thursday BP is confirming it has sent clean up crews to Florida, mainly in Perdido Key, Pensacola Beach, and Okaloosa and Walton counties.
This week, researchers from Auburn University confirmed the oil that appeared after Lee came from tarmats that settled on the gulf floor.

The study shows the oil appears to be relatively fresh and unchanged from when it first spilled into the gulf last year.


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  • by cs-BPAmerica Location: Mary Esther on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:34 PM
    We've had manual cleanup crews patrolling and maintaining the NW Fla. beaches for many months as part of our commitment to Bay County and the Gulf Coast community. The amount of tar balls that we're collecting is trending in a positive direction. Tourism flourished this summer in NW Fla. and people were back out enjoying the beaches. Our surveys are showing Panama City beaches are oil free. If you believe you see oil on the beaches we encourage you to report it to the National Response Center (800) 424-8802 so appropriate action can be taken.
  • by Cindy Location: Lynn Haven on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:10 AM
    Huh. My husband and I were at the beach at St Andrews St Park on Sunday and found some black lumps that looked like the tarball shown on the noon news just now. We were near the second crossover west from the jetty.
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