Breaking: Coast Guard confirms oil sheen in Florida Keys; Officials lay protective boom


Reports are breaking of multiple oil sightings in the Florida Keys.

Excerpts from the Palm Beach Post:

Numerous reports of oil and tar balls in the southern Florida Keys and a confirmed siting of sheen by the U.S. Coast Guard prompted officials at the Dolphin Research Center in Grassy Key and Hawk's Cay Resort in Duck Key to lay protective booming around their caged dolphin habitat. ...

The Coast Guard station in Key West received reports of an oily substance and tar balls approximately four nautical miles south of Long Key. A Coast Guard HU-25 Guardian aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami conducted an aerial search and confirmed the presence of sheening in the vicinity of Duck Key. A buoy deployed to track the spill indicated the sheen could land on Grassy Key at any time.

Read the article here: http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/state/oil-sheen-tar-balls-reported-in-south-florida-725498.html?cxntcid=breaking_news

Excerpts from WTSP:

[M]ultiple notifications from the National Response Center Tuesday of an oily substance and tar balls approximately four nautical miles south of Long Key, Fla.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Guardian aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Miami conducted an aerial search and confirmed the presence of sheening in the vicinity of Duck Key, Fla., and deployed a self-locating data marker bouy (SLDMB) to determine the set and drift of the substance.  Coast Guard Station Marathon launched a smallboat crew to collect samples of the substance and monitor the situation.

Analysis of the SLDMB on Wednesday morning indicated a potential for the sheen to land on Grassy Key Wednesday evening. ...

Read the article here: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=133432&catid=19

Excerpts from the Key West Keynoter:

U.S. Coast Guard pollution investigators from Sector Key West were responding Thursday to reports of an "oily substance and tar balls" near Duck Key, Long Key and Grassy Key, according to the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center, the federal government's official clearinghouse for oil-spill information. ...

A crew from Station Marathon "recovered tar balls and identified one oiled vessel in a canal on Duck Key." That crew is collecting samples of the sheen.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Guardian aircraft from Air Station Miami conducted an aerial search and confirmed the "presence of sheening in the vicinity of Duck Key and deployed a self-locating data marker bouy (SLDMB) to determine the set and drift of the substance."

Read the article here: http://www.keysnet.com/2010/06/03/225550/oily-substance-tar-balls-found.html

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