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Old 06-02-2010, 04:28 AM   #1
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<span class="dateline">From Drudge Report... (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/st...y-720986.html)

<span class="dateline">PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. ? A Floridabeach might get hit with oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident forthe first time Wednesday as sheen likely caused by the accident wasreported less than 10 miles off Pensacola Beach.

A charter boatcaptain reported the oil Tuesday afternoon and state and localenvironmental officials confirmed that it was about 9.5 miles offshore.Winds are forecast to blow from the south and west, pushing the outeredges of massive slick from the spill closer to western Panhandlebeaches.

Emergency crews began Tuesday scouring the beaches foroil and shoring up miles of boom. Escambia County will use it to blockoil from reaching inland waterways, but plans to leave beachesunprotected because they are too difficult to protect and easier toclean up.

The spill's arrival coincides with the beginning of thePanhandle's summer tourism season, which normally brings millions ofdollars to the region.

"It's inevitable that we will see it onthe beaches," said Keith Wilkins, Escambia's deputy chief ofneighborhood and community services.

The oil has been creepingtoward Florida since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20,killing 11 workers and eventually collapsing into the Gulf of Mexico.An estimated 20 million to 40 million gallons of oil has spewed intothe Gulf, eclipsing the 11 million that leaked from the Exxon Valdezdisaster. The rig was being operated for petroleum giant BP, which hastried unsuccessfully for six week to stanch the oil.

The Floridareport followed an orange and oily mess washing up on Alabama's beachesearlier Tuesday. Crews cleaned up the oil that they described as havingthe consistency of a "tarry mousse," but health officials closed thebeaches to swimming.

Pensacola Beach officials said their requestfor about $150,000 from BP to buy sifting machines and a tractor tohelp remove oil from the beach's famous white sands has lingeredunanswered for more than three weeks. BP has promised it will pay anyexpenses, but Panhandle officials say the bureaucracy has been slow.Some think the Federal Emergency Management Agency should be runningthe cleanup operation, not BP.

"We need the sifters and wehaven't gotten them approved yet," said W.A. "Buck" Lee, Santa RosaIsland Authority's executive director. "It's been three weeks and theoil is coming. In my opinion, this entire thing should have been a FEMAproject all along. If a hurricane blows the roof off your jail, youshouldn't have to wait and send a letter to BP to replace the roof onyour jail."

Lee said BP has spent money on public relations, butnot on preparations for beach cleanup. The company has provided thesate with $25 million to promote tourism. Escambia approved $700,000 inemergency funding for tourism promotion Tuesday, with another $700,000to be allocated in 45 days.

Lee said the bureaucratic process setup at the federal staging centers in Alabama and Louisiana have alsomade it difficult to get information about his pending request.

CoastGuard Chief Peter Capelotti, spokesman for the Mobile, Ala.-basedcommand center, did not have an immediate answer late Tuesday about thedelay in approving Escambia county's request for the tractor and otherequipment.

Capelotti said command center officials expect more oil to make landfall in Alabama and the Florida Panhandle through Friday.

OnPensacola Beach, emergency crews are prepared for a long summer of oilclean up. They plan to remove oil in cycles after it is pushed onshoreand the winds shift. Removing oil while it's moving onshore doesn'tmake sense, Wilkins said.

"It would be like trying to go out andclean up in the middle of a hurricane," he said. "We will wait untilafter the bands make their way onshore and the weather shifts and thenwe will clean up before the next band hits."
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:08 AM   #2
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I didn't see a thing about this on WEAR 3 news tonight, but here is the PNJ article which basically says the same thing.

<a href="http://www.pnj.com/article/20100601/NEWS01/100601020/Oil-slic">http://www.pnj.com/article/20100601/NEWS01/100601020/Oil-slic</a>
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:10 PM   #3
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Channel 3 is consistantly a day behind in the news. The day BP announced "Top Kill" failed, channel 3 was still talking about the attempt on the evening news.
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Old 06-02-2010, 02:38 PM   #5
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These SW winds definitely aren't doing us any favors. Up until now we've been lucky with SE winds but this latest wet weather has brought the dreaded SW winds we don't need. Time for it to move on out and bring back our SE winds.
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Old 06-02-2010, 07:41 PM   #6
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Is it what you can see or can't see?

Fished and dove two spots yesterday. One about 13 miles S of Pns Pass, and other about 18 miles S. Saw tons of endangered red snapper (unfortunately, they may really be endangered with the oil).

At the closer in spot, at about 20-30 feet, there was a layer of what had to be dispersed, weathered oil. My dive buddy described it as diarrhea looking...I thought it looked more like snot wads and strands (sorry for the overly technical terms).

What was more surprising...I didn't see a single porpoise all day long!!! That is definitely a first for me. Wondering if any one else observed anything similar?

It was a good day with friends...calm seas, nice snapper, and I got to spear my first fish...glad I made some good memories yesterday, because it might be a good whilebefore I get to do it again!
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