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Originally posted by thegoodearth
I think that even more so than the oil itself, the animals are dying off from the effects of Corexit. Seriously, the planned dumping of toxic chemicals in such vast amounts into the ocean.... it seems to me that the Corexit is the culprit when the autopsy reports on the animals are coming in, not the oil effects, from what I have read elsewhere.
On June 24, mousse was discovered between the Pensacola Beach Pier and the ranger station at Fort Pickens gate, approximately three miles in length.
Tar balls, crude oil tar patties and mousse continue to be found on Panama City Beach, Destin, Ft Walton, Pensacola Beaches and throughout Northwest Florida, with the heaviest impacts reported between Escambia and Walton Counties.
Cleanup crews continue to be on site.
Perdido Pass, Pensacola Pass and Destin Pass will be closed with the tide to reduce the amount of oil from entering inland waters. Boom will be deployed across each Pass at flood tide (water coming in) and removed at ebb tide (water going out).
On June 23, the Discoverer Enterprise and the Q4000 recovered more than 27,000 barrels of oil which is the largest daily collection amount to date. BP is continuing efforts to drill two relief wells.
Pensacola Beach has been closed to swimming. The Gulf waters, from the Park West (Pickens Gate) recreation area through Walkover 23 (just west of Portofino) are closed to all swimming and wading until further notice. Double Red flags have been posted.
GULF SHORES, Alabama - Former oil clean-up worker Candi Warren says she signed up to make a difference, but soon found out the work of cleaning the beaches was all cosmetic. That's what she was told, she says.
Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay.
She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.
Warren says she believes money is being wasted on the crews and says "At some point the real clean-up will have to begin, but I'm afraid the money will be gone."
She used a shovel and dug down six, eight, maybe twelve inches into the sand to show us the layers of oil close to the shoreline.