There Went Florida
Oil suspected to be coming from BP’s Deepwater Horizon gusher is washing up on the white-sand beaches of western Florida today, scrambling clean-up crews who hope to prevent the disaster from fouling the state’s $60 billion per year tourism industry. The Wall Street Journal reports:
Officials on Thursday afternoon spotted an oil slick within 3 ½ miles of the Pensacola coast, and a stretch of Pensacola Beach contained dozens of gooey, oil-like clumps Friday morning. Locals and tourists poked at the gobs with sticks and took photos of them with their cellphones. Few ventured into the water, although area beaches remained open.
Earlier in the day, Gov. Charlie Crist said officials already have some of the tools they need to battle the incoming oil, but “we want to get more boom.”
“We’ve got about 250,000 feet of boom already dispatched through the Panhandle,” Crist said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “We have about another 66,000 boom that is staged nearby, ready for us to be able to utilize and disperse. But in addition to that, we’re just going to keep asking and asking and asking for more.”
Meanwhile, BP engineers were successful in capping the seafloor well-head Friday, though a great deal of oil was reportedly still escaping into the Gulf.