June 3 Flashback: “Oil sheen was 100 miles west of the Dry Tortugas”; Heading east at 25 miles a day

Excerpt from Oil sheen closes in on Tortugas, Florida Keys News, June 3, 2010:

Image Caption: An oil sheen was 100 miles west of the Dry Tortugas Wednesday and expected to be twice as close by Friday, prompting a fishing ban in the area… [O]il sheen was 100 miles away and closing in on the area, federal officials declared Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expanded its fishing ban in federal waters effective at 6 p.m. after projecting the sheen would be within 50 or 60 miles of the Tortugas by Friday, [Roy Crabtree, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s southeast regional director] said. …

This is a very grave situation,” said Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association Executive Director Bill Kelly. …

Key West-based Capt. Andy Griffiths was optimistic “until today”…

Read the full article: http://keysnews.com/node/23778

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