Florida BP Oil Spill Update - Day 80
It's been 80 days since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. The damage well continues to discharge 1.47 million to 2.52 million gallons of oil per day.
The oil spill's physical impact on Florida's coastline remain isolated to the extreme western Panhandle. Nearly 90 percent of Florida's 1260 miles of coastline remain clean and oil free. All Florida state waters remain open for fishing except for 23 miles of coastal waters off Escambia County (//www.myfwc.com/NEWSROOM/10/statewide/News_10_X_OilSpill19.htm).
Crews around the state continue to monitor Florida's shorelines for for any oil spill related impacts. Real-time reconnaissance reports can be viewed at (//map.floridadisaster.org/gator/).
On Tuesday tar balls washed up on Florida's east coast on Cocoa Beach and Cape Canaveral. The Coast Guard has sent samples of the tar balls to a laboratory to see if they originated from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This is the fifth incident of tar balls washing up on Florida east coast beaches since mid-June. None of the previous occurances were linked to the Gulf oil spill.
Anyone sighting tar balls or oil products on Florida beaches should report the finding to 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335) or dial #DEP from most cell phones.