Tar balls discovered on the Florida Keys shoreline are not connected to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.
Tests done "conclusively show" that the tar balls found on the shoreline do not match the type of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The source of the tar balls remains unknown at this time.
"The conclusion that these tar balls are not from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in no way diminishes the need to continue to aggressively identify and clean up tar ball-contaminated areas in the Florida Keys," Capt. Pat DeQuattro, commanding officer of the Coast Guard's Key West sector said. "We will continue to operate as a Unified Command and utilize funding through the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund until we have successfully identified any additional tar balls on the shoreline and completed cleanup efforts."
LouisianaMom, so sorry to agree. But Oil is bigbiz. They don't care. Never have, never will. The coastal states will pay. Look at ExxonValdez. It's always been this way and it always will be. Nothing will change.
And nobody can stop them. Nobody seems to want to.
Of course, everybody fails to mention that tar ball always have washed up on Gulf Coast beaches because of natural seepage of oil into the ocean every day. In California there is a 20 mile oil slick off the coast due to a couple hundred barrels of oil a day naturally seeping from a vent in the ocean floor...for the last 200,000 years. Its just not a big deal to have some oil in the ocean. The Earth naturally bleeds oil into the water on a scale you can't even imagine.
EXACTLY, Matt! Hmmm......... I wonder why the news doesn't report on that?
Natural Oil Seepage and Tar Balls. No I is not just as likely that the tar balls came from natural causes. Estimates of natural seepage rage from 20,000,000 barrels to 70,000,0000 barrels per year. Using the more conservative number (20M) and looking at the amount of oil under the Gulf of Mexico, maybe 2.5% of the undersea oil, the GoM probably leaks about 1,200 barrels a day (just a guess)... While it is definately true that oil seeps from the earth and into oceans naturally, the seepage from this one BP well is Four (4) times the normal natural seepage for the GoM.. That Tar Balls come from the broken well is four times more likely than from natual seepage... Course, yes, it could be a passing ship too.
Its still a problem anyway you look at it.
Well since CNN said it, it has to be true.
LIES, LIES, GOVERNMENT LIES. My family has close ties with folks in France. Europeans have known for TWO WEEKS that the oil has entered the current. Europeans are staying away from vacation spots in Tampa Bay. Divers and fishermen on the Gulf Coast here cannot dive or fish. The University of Florida has hired several boats and have determined that THERE IS AN UNDERWATER WALL of oil proceeding down the current. I learned this DIRECTLY from boat owners in Tarpon Springs. I also learned that the leak could have been dynamited and stopped weeks ago. The problem is that restrictions would prevent drilling in that area for TWENTY YEARS. That's why nobody is really trying TO STOP THE LEAK. Notice that all efforts are directed toward siphoning off the oil, not really stopping it.
Everything you said here is false. There are no "underwater walls" of oil. Oil by its nature and specific gravity makes it float. Dispersants also don't cause oil to sink, it merely breaks it down faster so it naturally gets eaten up by bacteria or evaporates (you do know that oil evaporates naturally, especially this light crude in very warm waters). Learn some basica chemistry and don't buy into the media hype. Also, quit making things up that make this sound worse for some agenda that you may have.
You are wrong Tampa Man there is an underwater wall of oil ten miles long, by 3miles wide and 300 feet thick as reported in the New York Times.
Keep your head in the sand, tell me what you find.
Sorry Tampa Man, I meant Matt.
Government lies lol, i love a good conspiracy theory hahahahha
Wow! Pretty impressive pile of BS Tampa Man. "My family has close ties with folks in France."... I'm impressed... not!
"Europeans have known for TWO WEEKS that the oil has entered the current." So they are getting verifiable factual info from where??? The New York Times?
"Europeans are staying away from vacation spots in Tampa Bay." Because they don't like the mosquitos?
" Divers and fishermen on the Gulf Coast here cannot dive or fish." sounds like they need some training... from the Europeans?
" The University of Florida has hired several boats and have determined that THERE IS AN UNDERWATER WALL of oil proceeding down the current. I learned this DIRECTLY from boat owners in Tarpon Springs." They can see this "wall of oil" several hundred miles away, but can't dive or fish?
"I also learned that the leak could have been dynamited and stopped weeks ago." Dynamited yes, stopped no. If they dynamited the well, they would have lost any hope of any intermediate fixes unitl the relief well gets finished in a couple months.
"That's why nobody is really trying TO STOP THE LEAK. Notice that all efforts are directed toward siphoning off the oil, not really stopping it." They started drilling the relief well several weeks ago. It takes several months. Plugging the blowout well with the relief well is the real and final solution.
Not from Deepwater? So, another rig is leaking oil which is undetected?
Washington is too full of "empty suits" to accomplish anything inciteful. Government has grown too large to be effective. Many believe that private enterprise is out of control, but that is likely the only place where the remedy will occur. I find it hard to believe that there are no real people in the corporate world who are concerned and motivatied to effect a clean-up.
I totally disagree with this. BP has EVERY financial incentive to clean this up as fast as possible. They have actually mounted the largest oil clean up operation in history despite this thing being about 1/25th the size of the IXTOC 1 oil spill in the Gulf in 1979. There is no news story in showing the 1000 ships and 20,000 people working to clean this up. All you see is 20 unrelated tar balls.
Matt is entirely right.
But our governemnt does have some oversight issues to fix with the oil industry... just like the financial industry. Let any industry monitor and manage itself, and here is what you get.
The BOP inspection and testing domain needs a complete re-work, and should be done before another offshore well gets approved... at any depth.
It's time that JImmy Buffett wrote a song about this...too bad Don Ho isn't still with us...maybe the song could be "Tiny Tar Balls"..On the sand...I'm sure Sloppy Joes in Key West won't go out of business...over this...LOL
Vote with your dollars people. Our system used to be about who we elected, now its about which companies we give our money to. VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS.
PNW, what are you the hallway monitor? Get a life loser.
No. Key West tar bar magically-created themselves... Spontaneous tar balls. That's my opinion.
No. Key West tar balls magically-created themselves... Spontaneous tar balls. That's my opinion.
Oh yeah – blame it on the BIG OIL corporations!!! Are you SO stupid as to not think there are thousands of natural oil "leaks" in the ocean that have NOTHING to do with US? Yep, believe it or not there are!!! As horrible as the BP leak is in the gulf – nature seems to know what to do with it. Ever look at the photos of where the Exxon Valdez lost all of it's oil?.... and that it was the "End of Alaska" and there would be "no recovery for centuries"???.... remember those comments? That area is as pristine as it was BEFORE the spill. MAN didn't fix it – nature did! Get off the media bandwagon and use some sense whilst making your comments on here!!! This ISN'T the end of the world and nature will take it's course and deal with it as well. It's like those of you who think that driving a Prius will save our planet .... then look at the billions of tons of pollutants that are spewed into the air EVERY DAY by natural disasters...... don't even think that you make one OUNCE of difference! I guess it makes you feel good but time to get a good dose of reality – Al Gore is a fool and has made MILLIONS of dollars off of scaring fools to death! Oh well, if it makes you feel good......
Tar balls show up on beaches all over the world. This is not the first time they have shown up on a beach in the Keys. I lived many years in the Bahamas and they showed up there, too. Mostly they come from ships dumping their bilges which contain oil. They're not supposed to do it close to land but I'm sure some still do. I just wish CNN and NBC would give as much exposure to the discovery that it's NOT from the oil spill as they did yesterday when they sent their news teams down here to look at half a dozen tar balls and make all our potential visitors for this summer re-think their vacation plans.
Exactly – it's the DOOM and GLOOM of our stinking news media that will ruin tourism, etc. for this great country. Why do they care? They DON'T!!! I LOVE the Florida Keys and will go there anytime with our WITHOUT some stupid tar balls on the beach. Anyone that avoids visiting that beautiful spot because of the so-called "news" is just plain stupid!!!
There's nothing new about unusual trash and even tar balls washing up around the Keys. There's a lot of traffic and trash that gets generated in the area. But since the oil spill, the press is watching to see what washes up. I bet this is the first time in a logn time that authorities sent a piece of tar from a Keys beach to be tested for anything.