Also near beach where test results found sand with almost 300 ppm oil
Dauphin Island Still Faces Struggle, WKRG, September 20, 2010:
"It is safe to eat, it's safe to swim, it's safe to play, it's safe for your kids to get sand in their mouth, we've got it being tested and thoroughly worked over and that's the next phase is to get the confidence restored for the Nation to come on back down here and get back to the beach," said BP Spokesman, Ray Melick.
Original WKRG report at bottom of post (Warning: Severe audio difficulties)
According to WKRG, test results from mid-July of Alabama beach sand included:
Gulf Shores, Alabama sand at 211 parts per million.
Another sample was a spot in Orange Beach, where again, we found kids playing. and we found our highest content of oil and petroleum. 221 parts per million. ...
When [Chemist Bob] Naman added an organic solvent to separate the oil from the water [collected at Dauphin Island Marina, near some boom], just like he did with all the other samples, this sample exploded right in his lab. “It was almost instantaneous. Actually, maybe one second. that’s just weird.” The result surprised even our chemist.
WKRG also tested sand in August and found:
Gulf Shores, AL sand tests the highest of any testing done by WKRG since oil disaster: 281 parts per million. ...