40 percent of the organisms did not survive BP’s beach ‘cleanup’

Oil spill cleanup on beach scaling back, Pensacola News Journal, February 27, 2011:

… Last year, nesting was disrupted when National Seashore beaches were invaded by helicopters and droves of volunteers, media and cleanup crews as the oil spill approached the coast in May.

“The cumulative impacts of losing two nesting seasons back-to-back is not acceptable,” [National Seashore Superintendent Dan Brown] said. “Birds are very sensitive to human activity. When people get too close, they flush and leave nests and leave their eggs. Eggs exposed to intense heat of the sun won’t survive.” …

More than 20 different organisms — including ghost crabs, tiger beetles, sand fleas and microscopic creatures — live in the sand. They create the bottom of the food chain for the creatures, including shorebirds, that feed on the beach.

“Our scientists said 40 percent of the organisms did not survive the cleanup,” Brown said.

Read the report here.

1 comment to 40 percent of the organisms did not survive BP’s beach ‘cleanup’

  • Jean

    More BS from BP on Page 2 of the article. No plan? Their plan is to hope this submerged oil stays submerged.

    So far, BP does not have a plan to address most of the remaining submerged tar mats, but officials at the company’s Incident Command in New Orleans are working on it, said Tom Mahan, BP’s Florida Branch director.

    “It’s not our intentions of ignoring it, but if we’re going to do something, we want it to be effective,” Mahan said. “We don’t want to stir it up. We don’t want it to be a negative impact.”

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