587 Mile Shoreline Cleanup
Gulf Clean-up Efforts Continue for Oil Below the Surface
While remnants of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill may no longer be visible on the beaches along the Gulf Coast, a new , possibly more serious concern has been discovered. The oil is now below the surface of the sand.
Tests from Fort McCree and surrounding Pensacola areas have revealed that there is toxic crude below the surface. BP is conducting independent tests at the same time to determine how much oil is beneath the sand. Their results will help determine the extent of the clean-up effort required.
Clean-up efforts have continued throughout the Gulf Coast beaches as BP contractors continue to pick up tar balls above and below the surface.
“We’re not getting the press coverage of a few months ago but there is still a huge task at hand” said Chris Tierney, a worker contracted by BP to help clean the beaches in Navarre, Florida. “We don’t know how long we’ll be out here but if there is oil below the sand, we could be here a long while”, he added.
The short-term goal is to get the beaches clear for Spring Breakers in March. There are 587 miles of shoreline that still require cleaning. Of the heaviest hit areas there are about 27 miles of coastline that have yet to be cleaned.
Source: Gulf Clean-up Efforts Continue for Oil Below the Surface | NewsVindication.com