As dime to five inch-sized tar balls and tar “patties” continue to slowly inundate the Northwest Florida coastline, officials with the United States Coast Guard, British Petroleum, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the State of Florida and local governments are continuing their efforts to assist in protecting our beaches.
Across the Florida Panhandle, over 350 boats are being deployed within the Vessel of Opportunity program to assist in the clean-up efforts.
According to DEP, the Perdido Pass, Pensacola Pass and Destin Pass will be closed with the tide in order to reduce the amount of oil attempting to enter inland waters. To assist in this effort, boom will be deployed across each pass during an incoming tide, and then, retracted during an outgoing tide.
Currently, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) oil plume model indicates that an oil plume is remaining stationary 17 miles off the coastline of Panama City and 227 miles from St. Petersburg. The near shore trajectories show that direct onshore impacts are likely to continue into Walton County through Thursday. … Continue Reading