The Press-Register reports, "BP has rejected claims from Orange Beach that city contractors are regularly encountering and collecting oil from inshore waters, including Cotton Bayou, Terry Cove and Bayou St. John, city officials said."
"BP keeps telling us there is no oil, to skim or otherwise, and we keep telling them there is... We're skimming it," the Orange Beach Coastal Resource Manager said.
A BP spokesman told the Press-Register that company officials "don't believe what the mayor's crew is finding is oil."
"City officials said samples collected last week from local waters tested positive for the presence of hydrocarbons, but BP rejected those findings... An invitation to jointly collect samples on Thursday was turned down by a local BP official," the article reports.
Press-Register observed "a patch of beach [in Orange Beach, AL] was marred by a black goulash of oil... The breeze carried the pungent odor of petroleum. And the surf flickered as a translucent sheen shattered and bubbled at the shoreline."
"In a Thursday morning e-mail to local government leaders, a U.S. Coast Guard official acknowledged that what had washed up was being classified as subsurface oil," according to the report.
"We've been saying there's submerged oil coming into [Perdido Pass near the Florida/Alabama border] for some time and [BP officials] completely dismissed our concerns and our accounts," said Orange Beach Mayor Kennon.
Read the full article here: http://blog.al.com/live/2010/08/oil_washes_up_on_baldwin_count.html