I be wondering mam, how much did bp pay you to say that?
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. "
Originally posted by Chadwickus
Anyone with a bit of civil knowledge will tell you that they are actually grading up a layer of sand, pushing it into a windrow so it can be picked up and loaded onto trucks.
They then truck sand back in to stop the beach disappearing.
I'll hazard a guess that if someone went there and actually filmed the machines working, they would see trucks dropping a load of clean sand and then get loaded with contaminated sand to take away.
The whole just burying it thing is really, really silly, I mean if they're really just trucking in the sand, the beach would be a lot higher than it normally would be.
The tar balls are what's left over from loading out, there is always going to be leftovers when using heavy machinery.
On a side note, it would be interesting to see where the contaminated sand is being taken to, let's hope it's being disposed of properly.
He noted that the bagged waste was going in with the regular household waste. Workers also prepared a site for bulk loads of contaminated sand, Ransom said.
He said that bulk sand would be kept separate, "stockpiled on top of a lined cell."
"We are hoping we can remediate it later," Ransom said.
Originally posted by EgoBeliever
I do not understand why the color of this stuff is so red? Can anyone explain why I dont see the thick, black layers of oil i think i should be?
We went down onto the beaches, and we started inspecting them. There were tar balls, tar residue, and there was some oil on the beach. Apparently, the day before there was a lot of tar balls, and BP was working in the area pretty heavily, and we started noticing there was a different consistency in the sand.
Closer to shore, there was this grainy, very rough shell-filled sand, and then you could see almost like a border where it just spilled over onto the beach sand, which is a very fine-grained sand. And it looked as if it was dumped.
Exempt E&P Wastes
Drilling fluids and cuttings from offshore operations disposed of onshore
Geothermal production fluids
Hydrogen sulfide abatement wastes from geothermal energy production
Well completion, treatment, and stimulation fluids
Basic sediment, water, and other tank bottoms from storage facilities that hold product and exempt waste
Accumulated materials such as hydrocarbons, solids, sands, and emulsion from production separators, fluid treating vessels, and production impoundments
Pit sludges and contaminated bottoms from storage or disposal of exempt wastes
Gas plant dehydration wastes, including glycol-based compounds, glycol filters, and filter media, backwash, and molecular sieves
Cooling tower blowdown
Gas plant sweetening wastes for sulfur removal, including amines, amine filters, amine filter media, backwash, precipitated amine sludge, iron sponge, and hydrogen sulfide scrubber liquid and sludge
Spent filters, filter media, and backwash (assuming the filter itself is not hazardous and the residue in it is from an exempt waste stream)
Pipe scale, hydrocarbon solids, hydrates, and other deposits removed from piping and equipment prior to transportation
Pigging wastes from gathering lines
Wastes from subsurface gas storage and retrieval, except for the non-exempt wastes listed on page 11
Constituents removed from produced water before it is injected or otherwise disposed of
Liquid hydrocarbons removed from the production stream but not from oil refining
Gases from the production stream, such as hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide, and volatilized hydrocarbons
Materials ejected from a producing well during blowdown
Waste crude oil from primary field operations
Light organics volatilized from exempt wastes in reserve pits, impoundments, or production equipment
BP contractors were busy last night to cover up the black oil deposit on Pensacola Beach with sand. Heavy machinery was used throughout the night to cover the thick oil spill with a thin layer of sand and crews were still working by daylight to finish the job.
The local contractors confirmed that they were told by BP to just cover up the large oil patch on Pensacola Beach with sand and then proceed during the day to pick up small pieces along the surf line with a smaller crew.
John Wathen: US Coast Guard issued a press release claiming that no covering of oiled beach was occurring. I sat in my motel room in Orange Beach and watched as multiple pieces of heavy equipment excavated sand and hauled it up the beach and used it to cover oiled sections of beach.
While contractors drove bulldozers, front end loaders, screening tractors and various kinds of equipment on beaches known for Turtle nesting.
I watched them from about 11:00 P.M 07/02/10 until about lunch the next day excavating the beach under cover of darkness. There was a stand of ponded water with oil and so called "Tar Balls" which was covered with sand from another area.
U. S. Coast Guard issued a press release stating that this is not happening. USCG uniformed men sat in ATV buggies and watched. I saw them and photographed them.
Why is our Coast Guard playing toady to BP? Are they nothing more than oil lackeys?