Showing posts with label Florida Oil Spill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida Oil Spill. Show all posts

Friday, May 21, 2010

Florida Oil Spill - One Man's Warning

Florida Oil Spill, Indian SHores FL Lawyer
Florida Oil Disasters were on the mind of one local official. His call went unanswered. Councilman Bill Smith gave the following statement to the Florida Legislature and no one listened:

"Good afternoon to all of you. I am Bill Smith, and I am a member of the Town Council of the Town of Indian Shores, and a member of the Offshore Drilling Committee of the Barrier Islands Government Council, or BIG-C. The BIG-C is an organization of the mayors and elected officials of the 11 cities on the Barrier Islands on the Gulf of Mexico in Pinellas County. The 11 BIG-C members include my Town of Indian Shores and all the barrier island cities from St. Pete Beach in the south to the City of Clearwater in the north. I am here today to express the BIG-C’s opposition to Offshore Drilling in State waters. 

All 11 city members of the BIG-C have passed resolutions opposing Offshore Drilling, and the BIG-C recently adopted its own resolution. And I know my comments echo those of numerous other cities, counties and organizations who have passed similar resolutions, and many others with resolutions in the works. We have many concerns about Offshore Drilling in State waters--which by definition means drilling would be closer than just 10 miles from our beaches. Among our major concerns: 
1. The alleged economic benefits of Offshore Drilling fail to take into account the risks to the tourism industry that is the backbone of Florida’s economy. Drilling rigs, pipelines, storage facilities, vessel traffic and other infrastructure off the coast and on land are in direct visual, physical and environmental conflict with our world-class beaches. This is not about expanding an industry that would be located in some sparsely-populated inland area—we’re talking about heavy industry located smack in the middle of the natural resources that the world associates with the word “Florida”. 

2. Tourism is big business in Pinellas County and our State. Tourism expenditures in our County run $6.6 billion annually and 95% of Pinellas tourists say it’s our beaches that are one of their top attractions. The State tourism expenditures are ten times that. 

3. With drilling this close to our shore, there is no assurance that catastrophic damage to our coastline, our beaches, our plant and fish life can be avoided—whether that damage is from drilling mud with its mercury and other heavy metal contaminants, or—worse yet—from accidental spills whether during normal operation or during storms. How many tourists, who get tar balls on their feet, won’t be back? 

4. And speaking of spills, we’ve been watching the Timor spill off the coast of Australia, which began on August 21. The most recent news report I’ve seen, dated October 13 said it was still spewing an estimated 17,000 gallons of oil a day into the sea off the Australian coast. It’s 60 days later, so at that rate over a million gallons of oil has been spilled and is now spread over 10,000 square miles. Some estimates of the spillage are as high as 7 million gallons. And that’s 150 miles off the coast—not 5 or 10. Moreover, drilling proponents have described this technology as safe and state-of-the-art—and the same as would be used here.

5. We in Pinellas County are not strangers to spills. In 1993 a vessel collision at the mouth of Tampa Bay resulted in a 300,000 gallon spill that reached beaches as far away as 14 miles, resulted in a 45% drop in tourism and a $5 billion economic loss. Try to imagine what a 1 million—or 7 million—gallon spill would do. 

6. And it’s not just local spills that are a concern. There is the “Loop Current” in the Gulf of Mexico, which circulates within 125 miles of Florida. Pollution from rigs within the Loop Current would circulate south down the west coast, through the Straits and around the Keys, and up the East Coast carried by the Gulf Stream. 

7. Hurricanes are a fact of life in the Gulf of Mexico, and of course can cause spills. After Hurricanes Katrina & Rita the US Minerals Management Service reported 124 spills totaling almost ¾ of a million gallons, caused by hundreds of damaged pipelines, rigs and on-shore holding tanks. These rigs were far offshore--imagine what the impact would have been on rigs less than 10 miles from shore. 

8. On the west coast of Florida we enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. Crossing the Howard Frankland Bridge on the way to this meeting, the buildings of Tampa become visible as far away as 8 miles. Some of the drilling rigs located within 10 miles of the beach will be visible. What impact would that have on our tourism economy and the quality of life that attracts visitors and new residents to Florida?

9. The need for an on-going program of beach renourishment is another fact of life for maintaining the world-class status of our State’s beaches. Where there are oil rigs and especially the pipelines that support them, sources of sand needed for these renourishments are severely limited. Coastal engineering firms that work with us in Florida talk about what a nightmare it is to find sand sources in areas like Louisiana with its labyrinth of pipelines in the Gulf. 

10. Lastly, we’re being led to believe that offshore drilling in Florida waters is needed immediately to provide revenue to the State, to lower the price of gasoline, to eliminate America’s dependence on foreign oil—while what’s more likely is that it would be years before production would begin, possibly decades before the alleged production volumes would be achieved—and the end result would have an offsetting negative effect on tourism, as well as a negligible effect on both gas prices and our country’s dependence on foreign oil. 

I can’t resist sharing that I’m reminded of the dog in that Aesop Fable who, with a juicy piece of meat in his mouth, crosses on a log over a still water pond—looks down into the water, sees the image of another dog with what looks like an even juicer piece of meat in its mouth, opens his mouth to grab it and loses the meat he has. I imagine that dog’s piece of meat has “Tourism” written on it. Let’s not let go of our piece of meat for the image of a juicier one."

Councilman, Bill Smith
Indian Shores, Florida

Monday, May 17, 2010

Current May Flow Spilled Oil Towards Keys

[University of South Florida]
Current May Flow Spilled Oil Towards Keys

University of South Florida College of Marine Science (USF) computer models calculate the possibility of the oil spill (black) being pulled south by the loop current by Wednesday. USF is using real time and historical data of topography, temperature, salinity and air and water velocity in their computer simulations to project different scenarios for the plume of the oil spill disaster.


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Florida Oil Spill Attorney - Lawyer on Cleanup Efforts

Florida Oil Spill Attorney - Lawyer notes a Non Profit organization will be devoting signifcant resources to clean up and protect wildlife habitat from the big Gulf Oil Spill. "Founded in 2007, Bayou Rebirth is a 501(c)3 non-profit that preserves and restores communities in South Louisiana through hands-on wetlands restoration and stewardship projects."

Florida Oil Spill Lawyer

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Florida Oil Spill Video From Space

Florida Oil Spill Video From Space

Florida Oil Spill From Space in HD

This link downloads a huge HD Image from the NASA Earth Observatory and was taken from space on May 1, 2010.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oil Spill Disaster - Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

NOAA Emergency Response Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico
Coastal Clean Up, Deep Horizon, Florida Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Oil Spill, Oil Spill Cleanup
For information directly from the Oil Spill Damage Assessment Scientists at NOAA get info directly from them at the Office of Response & Restoration here's the link
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Emergency Response Team  Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oil Spill Disaster - How You Can Help!

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Oil Spill Disaster - How You Can Help!
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Florida is asking for donations to prepare for injured birds and coastal cleanup from the Gulf Oil Spill.  They are asking for: linens, kennels, towels, sheets, dawn detergent, pepto-bismol and toothbrushes.  Call 727-391-6211 for more information.  Source:

Oil Spill Disaster - Simulated Drifter Trajectories from College of Marine Science USF

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Oil Spill Disaster - Simulated Drifter Trajectories created by a collaborative effort between the Ocean Circulation Group and the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, and the results are provided as is can be found at 

"This is an effort to track the Deepwater Horizon (Macondo well, designated by the red circle) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico after the oil rig explosion on April 20, 2010. Drifter trajectories were calculated based on the three-hourly surface currents from the West Florida Shelf ROMS hindcastt/forecast system. Particles were released from the sunken rig site every three hours since 05/02/2010 18:00 UTC, assuming continual oil spill from the well. The initial locations of the drifters were taken from satellite remotely sensed oil slick patches at that time. The particles (difters) are shown as black dots, and their trajectries in magenta. Sea surface temperature (color contours, units in deg C) was superimposed with the surface current vectors to indicate the surface ocean circulation. The velocity data were subsampled every the third grid points in both east and north directions for better visulization." Source: 
Oil Spill Disaster - Simulated Oil Drifter Trajectories

Oil Spill Condominium Reservation Cancellation

One local Panama City Beach, Florida condominium has established a policy for vacation cancellations:

"Panama City Beach Florida Oil Spill Vacation Refund Policy ..."

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"As you all know, the oil spill disaster has the potential to impact us all this year. We are already receiving calls from concerned booked guests who are asking our policy about cancellations and refunds. As a result, I wanted to make you all aware of our policy concerning the oil slick.. . . If Federal, State, or Local authorities close the beach, we will issue full refunds to any vacationer that has booked a condo through [Name Omitted]. If the beach is still closed 2 weeks prior to a vacationers arrival, we will issue a full refund. This will eliminate someone from canceling now a vacation scheduled at the end of July." Emphasis Added.

"If any vacationers wish to cancel their vacation prior to any official closing of the beach, we will issue refunds based on our rental refund policy that was in effect at the time of booking." Emphasis Added.


Oil Spill Condominium Reservation Cancellation Policy

Oil Spill Field Note - Pinellas County, Florida

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Oil Spill Disaster Tipline has received a report of a "strong smell of plastic" from someone on the Gulf Coast along the Pinellas County, Florida coastline.

Eye Witness Account From Sunset Beach, Florida:

"Yesterday, May 1, 2010, I went swimming at sunset beach in Pinellas County, Florida. there was plenty of sun, sand, wind and surf. I was there from 11:30 in the morning until around 4:00 pm. Several times I would get a strong smell of plastic. The first time I thought that it was from my goggles but I don't ever remember that happening before. The next time I wasn't even wearing my goggles."

Strong Plastic Smell

Oil Spill From Space - Latest Image

May 1, 2010

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Latest Satellite Images from NASA April 25, 2010 Versus April 29, 2010

April 25, 2010
Beach Condominium Oil Spill, Deep Horizon, Florida Oil Spill, Gulf Coast Oil SpillApril 29, 2010

High Definition Image from NASA 2 Megabytes is Here

Oil Spill - Capping The Leak - Video

Oil Spill - Capping The Leak - Video

Raw Video From Helicopter of Disaster - Black Tide

Video Update - Oil Spill To Hit Florida Monday

Gulf Coast Oil Spill - Attorney Update

Florida Attorney following Gulf coast oil spill litigation issues notes that in a BP (British Petroleum) "52-page exploration plan and environmental impact analysis, BP repeatedly suggested it was unlikely, or virtually impossible, for an accident to occur that would lead to a giant crude oil spill and serious damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries." According to,  BP claimed that the Deepwater Horizon oil rig was located 48 miles from shore and if there were problems, the distance from shore would limit damage to coastal areas, So says BP in their exploration plan.

Condominium owners and Condominium Associations are set to make claims for loss of income, as reservations for rentals of the gulf front properties are being canceled in light of the pending landfall of this mass of crude oil.

Beach Condominium Oil Spill