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Florida DMR talks about ongoing response in their State.

by admin on June 17th, 2010

The Florida DMR released a very informative press release about ongoing operation by the State of Florida, some of it is included below, but if you have time take a look at the whole thing on their website. They put out tons of useful info every day. Two other sites that have been very helpful, as far as finding out what is going on with oil spill response have been Escambia Emergency management and Santa Rosa County emergency management. They are both updated daily with useful info, links and numbers, including volunteer info, tar sightings and oil cleanup plans.

Landfall Reports and Predictions:
• On June 16, dime to five inch-sized tar balls and tar patties were found in widely scattered areas of northwest Florida. The heaviest impacts have been seen from Escambia County east to Okaloosa County.
• Perdido Pass, Pensacola Pass and Destin Pass will be closed with the tide to reduce the amount of oil from entering inland waters. Boom will be deployed across each Pass at flood tide (water coming in) and removed at ebb tide (water going out).
o Boaters in areas where skimming is being conducted, or where boom has been set, have been requested to maintain no-wake speeds.
o The United States Coast Guard’s Captain of the Port for Sector Mobile authorized the official closure of Perdido Pass, Pensacola Pass and Destin Pass. These waterways will be manned to allow access to necessary vessel traffic. Perdido Pass, Pensacola Pass and Destin Pass will be open for vessel traffic during low tide. See NOAA tide predictions.
o A flashing light has been attached to all boom to increase visibility to boaters.
• According to NOAA projections, additional impacts are expected throughout northwest Florida within the next 72 hours due to onshore winds.
• The majority of impacts to Florida’s shoreline will likely be highly weathered, in the form of tar balls, oil sheen, tar mats or mousse – a pudding-like oil/water mixture that could be brown, rust or orange in color.
• Observations by NOAA continue to indicate no significant amounts of oil moving toward the Loop Current. The Loop Current Ring, a circular current which was formerly part of the Loop Current and contains a small portion of oil slick in the form of light sheens, has detached again from the main Loop Current.
o There have been no reports of Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill-related oil products reaching the shore beyond the northwest Florida regio

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2 Comments
  1. When is next PEC ocean spill class in Fort Lauderdale?

    • admin permalink

      Have a call in, will try an update later this afternoon.

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