Oil Spotted About 9 Miles Off Florida Coast

An oil sheen has been confirmed about nine miles off the Florida coast, and officials are saying it could hit the white sands of Pensacola Beach as soon as Wednesday.

Escambia County officials have started putting out boom and making other plans for the arrival of the oil. Crude has already been reported along barrier islands in Alabama and Mississippi, and it has impacted some 125 miles of Louisiana coastline.

In Mississippi, Gov. Haley Barbour says a two-mile long, three-feet wide strand of oil has been found on Petit Bois Island, near the Alabama border. He says vessels will be dispatched to clean it up.

Meanwhile, the director of Alabama's Department of Public Health says patches of oil have washed up on Dauphin Island near the mouth of Mobile Bay.


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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Jun 2, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    It better NOT start coming up the east coast and ruining our beach and the seafood industry. Stan is right on point with what he said. That would put our commercial fisherman out of business, and would destroy the tourism, leading to ruining the OBX economy (several other businesses) indirectly. Plus, I'd be upset to not be able to surf or go fishing on my boat (still not near as important as the economy).
  • by bigfruitbasket Location: NC on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:09 AM
    The Obama Snake Oil "spin" continues. More hyperbole and nonsense to follow. Film at 11.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:05 AM
    Stan, actually, NC is still in a recession, just look at the shops and store closing and unemployment. Audra and Obama SO, the point is the USCG has skimmers...where are they? Why didn't Obama order them to proceed to where they are needed when it first happened? I am sure the Navy has them as well. Now the oil is in the marsh grass...why didn't Obama allow Jindal to put up berms to stop it? Thats my problem, a leader, needs to lead. He is yet to show us any of that.
  • by Kaitlyn Location: Jacksonville, North Carolina on Jun 2, 2010 at 07:03 AM
    I think BP should get there act together along with Obama. My kids should be able to go to the beach and not worry about oil getting on them. Obama has made speeches but not yet has he tried to do anything. Somebody needs to put BP on the hold and let someone who knows how to do it, simply do it. BP lied about how they were ready if this ever happpened but not yet they have stopped this spill. This has been going on for about 5 weeks. I hav e put my word out and maybe they will stop this major event.
  • by Stan Location: G'ville on Jun 2, 2010 at 04:27 AM
    The Federal Government should have given BP the permission to burn it off to start with, now we need to pray they can plug it. N.C. is not out of danger either from this ecological disaster. It could also plunge us back into recession.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jun 1, 2010 at 09:24 PM
    Of COURSE the frikkin oil company is at fault. They lied lied lied about how "prepared" they were with such a great team if something were to go wrong. The truth is they were overconfident about the possibility of something actually going wrong and didn't bother to have a good plan or the right equipment to fix it. That however is NOT important right now. I don't care whose fault it is till the leak is stopped. I don't give a rat's hiney who fixes it either, as long as it's fixed. It so happens that the govt. has both the means and the money to DO that and they fiddled about for too long and let it get worse and worse. THAT is a travesty. It's not okay to sit around and let the environment be demolished because you want to teach the oil co. to take responsibility for their screw-up. We're not talking about a 9 yr old being told to clean up their room here. It's our ocean too.
  • by Obama SO Co Location: Wrong! on Jun 1, 2010 at 07:18 PM
    Sorry, OSO Co....this time I must disagree. Katrina was a NATURAL disaster. This is an oil company's goof. (although "goof" is putting it mildly)...It's not the government's "JOB" to fix everything every time something goes wrong. This goes esp for LARGE corporations that not only make huge sums of money but have constant government funding/assistance/support. If this was a isolated instance of a rare experimental platform, I could see where there was a responsibility of the government to protect the people & environment...but this is just ONE of thousands of offshore rigs that have been in use for 20-30 years. This problem should have been anticipated LONG AGO and the oil company's ineptitude and lack of solutions is their own fault. Not defending Obama (he's a useless tool) but the oil company is at fault here.
  • by mike Location: bath on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:11 PM
    we can fly to the moon but we cant plug a hole ?????????
  • by hatzat on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:30 PM
    tar baby tar..............
  • by John Location: Richlands on Jun 1, 2010 at 05:19 PM
    I was watching the history channel the other night and it showed the CG out with what they called a skimmer. I didn't catch just how much oil it had skimmed other than a lot. So if this is doing some good why not make a lot more of these skimmers and hire or get the fisherman down there to go out wither the things and skim. It may not get all of it but it would sure put a big dent in what is out there. If this oil going to last another two months then at least some of the oil would be collected back up.
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