Oil policy, clean sand, Halloween, Pensacola News Journal, October 4, 2010:
[W]aves continue to eat away at the shoreline, uncovering some of the BP oil that washed up...
Keith Wilkins, Escambia County's environmental expert, said once BP cleans oil buried at least two feet deep, the county will begin seeking permits to renourish the beach... three offshore sandbars [are to be] used for renourishment projects on Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key.
What's below two feet? Crews drilled to find out, and a witness was amazed at what they found according to a report by WKRG:
Gregg Hall's footage from Fort Pickens Beach in Pensacola, Florida filmed October 4:
And the new sand from the sandbars? A report on the condition of sandbars near the Alabama/Florida border, from the Press-Register in August:
The stained, brown water seen washing up in pockets along Alabama beaches for the last two weeks… was found in water between two sandbars that lie about 50 yards and 100 yards off the beach…
A heavy, metallic sheen was floating on the water between the bars and stretched for miles to the east and west. Gulf water in the areas sampled by the newspaper was a muddy brown… Seen in a jar, the Gulf water was turbid with tiny flecks of a dark, reddish brown material. At some locations, the brown material was present from the surface to the sea floor. At other locations, the brown material was in a layer in the bottom 5 feet of the water column. At those sites, another material — stringy, milky yellow filaments the thickness of a human hair — formed a layer above the brown material.