published Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Oil spotted about 9 miles off Fla. coast

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    A supply vessel passes through oil floating near the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico near the coast of Louisiana, Monday, May 31, 2010. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. — An oil sheen was confirmed about nine miles off the Florida coast, and officials are saying it could hit the white sands of Pensacola Beach as soon as Wednesday.

Escambia County officials started putting out boom Tuesday and making other plans for the arrival of the oil. Crude has already been reported along barrier islands in Alabama and Mississippi, and it has impacted some 125 miles of Louisiana coastline.

Fla. officials say their request for about $150,000 from BP to buy sifting machines and a tractor to help remove oil from the beach's famous white sands has lingered unanswered for more than three weeks.

Santa Rosa Island Authority executive director W.A. "Buck" Lee says he is fed up with delays from the unified command center in Mobile, Ala.

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Tax_Payer said...

Maybe the government should try NUKING the well area and that oil might burn up out of existence.

June 1, 2010 at 9:16 p.m.
mladd said...

Maybe Times Free Press shouldn't use stock photos to make it look like thousands of gallons of oil is just off the coast of Pensacola. The picture states it's at the site of the Horizon, but the article is talking about an oil sheen 9 miles off the coast. Two completely different things in two completely different locations. Please show what is really going on instead of re-using photos for different articles.

June 1, 2010 at 10:54 p.m.
ekog0226 said...

I disagree with the comment made on June 1 by MLadd. The photo used accurately portrays the oil sheen that is threatening the sugar white sands of Florida; The above blogger is re-directing the focus from the disaster to some sort of media conspiracy to mis-lead the public. Ask the residents of Louisiana & Florida about over-reporting & sensualizing the disaster........I'm sure that one will get an entirely differnt perspective.......than MLadds'.

June 6, 2010 at 8:39 a.m.
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