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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:05 AM
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Tar balls wash up on 2 South Florida beaches (just as Gov. Scott lets Transocean off the hook!)
Tar balls wash up on 2 South Florida beaches (this is exactly how they said the currents work)
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/24/2182856/tar-balls...

The Associated Press
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Officials say tar balls have washed up on two South Florida beaches.

A spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection says oil blobs showed up at state parks in Hollywood and Key Biscayne on Friday.

The source of the tar balls was not immediately identified. The threat to wildlife appeared to be minimal.

Tar balls can form from oil dumped from ships' bilges, leaks from offshore rigs and natural seepage from the ocean floor.

(these look like patties!)

other news sources...
10 Connects
Tar Balls Wash Up On Key Biscayne, Hollywood Beaches‎ - NBC Miami
Oil confirmed on Broward and Miami-Dade beaches‎ - Sun-Sentinel (blog)
Tar balls wash up on beaches in South Florida‎ - Palm Beach Post
Orlando Sentinel
all 26 news articles

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/04/24/2182856/tar-balls...

Rabbit hole...
http://www.beachpeanuts.com/2011/04/is-florida-gov-rick...

04/14/2011
Rick Scott "Trusts BP To Do The Right Thing," Do You? (snip)

"For a governor who claims to have no conflicts of interest (Solantic anyone?) it sure doesn't look good.

I'm sure those businesses who will be damaged beyond repair from oil washing up on the beaches may feel a little differently about the governor who rode into office claiming he'd be a businessman's best friend.

Running a state like a business and actually "governing one" don't exactly mix.

If Rick Scott hasn't figured that out by now, he's probably in for more than a rude awakening."

04/14/2011
Rick Scott "Trusts BP To Do The Right Thing," Do You?

Photo by Tom MacKenzie, U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service
Is Florida Gov. Rick Scott poised to let BP and Transocean off the hook for last year's Gulf oil spill as far as Florida is concerned? It sure looks like it.

Do Rick Scott's loyalties lie with the citizens and businesses who have lost so much along the Gulf coast of Florida, or do they lie with the oil companies? His business friendly demeanor seems to suggest the latter, and his actions, or rather his inaction, seem to suggest that he will let time run out on joining a lawsuit against the oil companies as the deadline approaches.

You've probably seen the ads recently claiming that BP has cleaned up and everything is just fine along the Gulf coast, but evidence suggests otherwise for those who are really looking:

BP, which seemed in danger of collapse a year ago, is on the financial rebound. Ken Feinberg, the independent administrator of BP's $20bn compensation fund, says he is close to finishing compensating individuals and businesses who were hurt by the disaster without even coming close to exhausting the $20bn. He paid out only $3.6bn last year.

The cleanup operations are also winding down, at a cost to BP of about $13bn (it has also pledged $500m to scientific research in the Gulf). The company took out an ad campaign this week to express regrets for the spill, showing a picture of shimmering Gulf waters. It could still be liable for up to $18bn in penalties and fines, however, under a US law that imposes a levy of $4,300 for each barrel of oil. But Feinberg was so upbeat he told reporters the Gulf could see a complete recovery by 2012.

Government scientists have not gone so far. A spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) said there was "no basis to conclude that the Gulf recovery will be complete by 2012", and warned that some of the consequences of the spill may not be known for decades. The spokesman went on to note that about 60 miles of the coastline remain oiled. Tar mats continue to wash up on beaches in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. And although Gulf waters have reopened to fishing, many oyster beds were wiped out when state authorities flushed fresh water into the Gulf in the hopes of rolling back the oil. At a public meeting last month in Biloxi, Mississippi, fishermen said they were hauling up nets full of oil with their shrimp.

So how could the disaster possibly be over, asks Joye. ???
more at link above...


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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:25 AM
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1. Thanks Rick, here's your reward....
http://imgur.com/CJ4tu >
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:28 AM
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2. Looks like the kind of goo you would find in a Lava lamp.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:35 AM
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3. Someone on tv the other day said "IF a hurricane happens in the Gulf"...
all that nasty sediment on the bottom will churn to the top & end up on beaches all over... the word "IF" caught my attention.. if?? really??

I mean, hurricanes have been forming in the GULF since FOREVER.... For a would-be expert to act as if it's an anomaly, is insane...
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:42 AM
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4. There were no hurricanes in the gulf last year, strangely and luckily. HAARP anyone?
Edited on Mon Apr-25-11 11:42 AM by SugarShack
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:46 AM
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5. Please K&R this as it barely visable in the ST. Pete TImes! We need this on MSN...
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 11:49 AM
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6. Thanks for the K&R !
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tosh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:35 PM
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7. K&R
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RebelOne Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-25-11 12:50 PM
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8. Tar balls have always been present on South Florida beaches.
When I used to go the the beaches in South Florida as a kid, the tar balls would wash up from the cruise ships and freighters. If you stepped on one, it was a bitch getting off.
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