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Sunday, June 06, 2010

Oil Spill Update for Mexico Beach

June 6----Mexico Beach is not seeing any oil sheen.  There have been no reports of tar balls in the water or on the beach.  

However, our local paper has stated the following:

Marshall Nelson, director of county emergency management for Gulf County, said boom was being staged as of Thursday afternoon with more to be placed in the coming days in preparation of the potential arrival of oil by early to mid week next week.
At an afternoon special meeting of the Board of County Commissioners on Thursday, Nelson said projections have oil, in some form, arriving in Gulf County waters and beaches by Wednesday.

Below is the information taken directly from the BP press release for June 6.

Landfall Reports and Predictions:

• June 6, dime to quarter-sized tar balls continue to be found in widely scattered areas from the Alabama state line east to Bay County. Clean up teams are on site.

• According to NOAA projections, additional impacts are expected throughout northwest Florida within the next 72 hours due to moderate /strong southwesterly winds.

• Multiple skimmers have been dispatched to collect tar mats and sheen. 

• Potential 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.

According to the NOAA oil plume model, the oil plume is 4 miles from Pensacola Beach and 99 miles from Gulf County, with non-contiguous oil sheen and tar balls scattered closer.

Below are some pictures of Pensacola beach taken today, June 6.   More than likely this is what we will see within the next days/weeks in Mexico Beach. 

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Posted via email from Mary Blackburn in Mexico Beach, FL

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