TV News LIES

Wednesday, May 25th

Last update05:20:13 AM GMT

You are here News Environment Under the sand, BP oil hidden from easy cleanup

Under the sand, BP oil hidden from easy cleanup

E-mail Print PDF

Under the sand, BP oil hidden from easy cleanup There's a dirty secret buried under Gulf of Mexico beaches after cleanup workers scrape away the oil washing ashore. Walk to a seemingly pristine patch of sand, plop down in a chair and start digging with your bare feet, like everyone does at the beach. Chances are you'll walk away with gooey tar between your toes.

So far, cleanup workers hired by BP have skimmed only the surface, using shovels or sifting machines to remove oil. The company is planning a deeper cleaning program that could include washing or incinerating sand once the leak is stopped off the coast of Louisiana.

Some experts question whether it's better to just leave it alone and let nature run its course, in part because oil that weathers on beaches isn't considered as much of a health hazard as fresh crude. Some environmentalists and local officials fret about harm to the ecosystem and tourism.

"We have to have sand that is just as clean as it was before the spill," said Tony Kennon, the mayor of Orange Beach, a popular tourist stretch reaching to the Florida state line.

Meanwhile out in the Gulf, choppy seas held up oil skimming operations all along the Gulf coast, although boats off Louisiana's shoreline hoped to be back at work before the day ended. Rough waves have halted offshore skimming in Mississippi, Florida and Louisiana for more than a week.

Orange Beach was stained Wednesday by a new wave of tar balls and brown, oil-stained foam after days of relatively oil-free surf, but few tourists were around to see the mess.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


Chemical Reform Law Falls Short in Protecting Public Health, Environment

Chemical reform act insufficientPassage of the first legislation to regulate toxic industrial chemicals in 40 years ought to be...

Pipeline company blamed directly for Refugio Beach, Calif., oil spill

California oil spillPreventable errors on the part of Plains All American Pipeline led to last year's oil spill...

Baseline sought for British fracking efforts

Fracking in UKA British geological organization said it was working to set an environmental baseline to serve as...

Big Oil Could Have Cut CO2 Emissions In 1970s — But Did Nothing

Bid oil could have cut emissions in '70sResearch into this innovative technology, the company said at the time, “has been greatly accelerated.” But,...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!