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Originally posted by mnmcandiez
This is not proof of anything. It is a home made video.
"This is BS....I live on the beach. That is a layer of sand/clay mixture. The high tide from hurricane Alex eroded the top layer of sand back about 50 yards from the natural coast.
That is not oil, or a cover-up. Natural erosion that has exposed a sand/clay layer of sand."
"Looks like clay to me. you dont have to dig far to hit it. dumping that much sand on the beach is not easy. "
" That looked like clay under there, that is why it was hard.
Oil has really been found under the sand in some areas off of Pensacola, but it was oily not clay like.
Ping Wang, 43, who has studied beaches for 20 years, dug a narrow trench perpendicular to the shoreline, about a foot deep and 5 feet long. A dark, contiguous vein of oil ran horizontally along the walls of the trench, about 6 inches beneath the surface of the sand.
The sheet of oil which was deposited on the beach at high tide Wednesday and stretched some 8 miles was covered by as much as a foot of sand at high tide Thursday, Wang explained.
"Beaches change very often," he said. Depending on tides and wave action, they constantly lose or accumulate sand. "
But a University of South Florida geologist made a grim discovery Thursday morning, 24 hours after the worst oil onslaught in Florida so far....The sheet of oil which was deposited on the beach at high tide Wednesday and stretched some 8 miles was covered by as much as a foot of sand at high tide Thursday, Wang explained.
"Beaches change very often," he said. Depending on tides and wave action, they constantly lose or accumulate sand.
While picking up tar balls and oil patties from the surface is helpful, Wang's discovery suggests that type of cleaning will be inadequate.
"This is going to be hard to clean up," he said. "It's going to need to be a much larger scale effort than what we're seeing."
Wang, working with a team of geologists from USF, dug trenches at various spots along the beach on the Gulf Islands National Seashore and found the buried, unbroken vein each time.
"It's a continuous layer until it pinches off right up here," he said, pointing to a trench near the maximum wave run-up, the point at which high-tide waves begin their retreat. "The problem is they're only cleaning up the top of the beach."
Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Natalie Murphy, a spokeswoman for the Unified Command in Mobile, said Wang's finding was not surprising. She said cleanup crews will go after subsurface oil later with machines that can scoop and separate deep oil and sand.
"Overall, in the short-term plan, we're cleaning up what's exposed," she said.
Oil-soaked booms dumped in Jackson County
June 19, 2010 4:45 PM
Pensacola News Journal
Where do oil-soaked absorbent booms, pads, rags and protective gear used in oil cleanup in Escambia County go to be disposed of?
Some 15 truck loads of oil-related waste per day are being dumped at Springhill Landfill near Campbellton in Jackson County. Waste Management company owns the landfill and has the contract with BP to dispose of oil spill-related solid waste, said Waste Management spokeswoman Amy Boyson.
BP's oil spill-related solid waste from Alabama and Mississippi is taken to either Pecan Grove Landfill in Harrison County, Miss., or Chastang Landfill in Mobile County, Ala. — both owned by Waste Management, Boyson said.