Error? Sarasota paper fails to mention lab tests have already matched oil on Sarasota-area beach to BP -- Misprints name of 'Testing the Water' initiative


Gulf oil spill stirs up activism, Sarasota Herald Tribune, November 12, 2010:

Another organization's mission is to monitor water quality by sending samples to labs for testing. The group, Testing Our Waters [actually Testing THE WATER], has sent dozens of samples to a lab in Mobile at its own expense.

Distrustful of the federal government's response and monitoring, the group, started by Sayer Ji of Bonita Springs, wants to keep a watchful eye out for BP oil and dispersants.

It is a tough and expensive challenge in a world awash in crude to pin a sample that proves to be oil as BP's.

See: *CONFIRMED* Chemist: That’s BP oil on Southwest Florida beach — “Should put to rest any doubt” over origin of 173 ppm oil found in sand near Sarasota

1 comment to Error? Sarasota paper fails to mention lab tests have already matched oil on Sarasota-area beach to BP -- Misprints name of 'Testing the Water' initiative

  • maryanne jacobsen

    I read that this morning. She (the writer) has certainly gotten the word from her editor to be very careful what she writes. She was one of the first writers in the Sarasota area to write about the seriousness of the disaster when she first wrote about it in the Tribune back on June 21st. I saved the paper and later tried to find it online to email to a friend and I could not find it anywhere in the archives, which I thought was really weird since it was a long front page article comparing the BP spill to the Ixtoc spill.

    I intend to write to her and also let her know that I did a sand sample on Casperson Beach in Venice and it came back with 47ppm of oil.

    They are definitely protecting the fragile economy here but at what cost to health?

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