Citizen's group say tests found oil on Siesta Key, WWSB ABC 7, September 25, 2010:
[O]ne group of citizens [Testing the Water] wanted to test the waters and beaches themselves, sending samples to a lab. The results just came back, and they say it shows toxic levels of oil found in the sand on Siesta Key.
St. Petersburg medical assistant Allison Hendricks' job is to help people. And when some of her patients, friends...even herself started to feel strange symptoms... "Nausea all the time, headaches all the time that they didn't have before, they're real tired... So I started doing my own sampling." ...
Lab results found 173 parts per million of total petroleum hydrocarbons in the sand. "Those are not normal levels for any beach...the beaches should have been closed months ago," says Hendricks.
"That's a pretty low amount." Sarasota County Environmental Health Director Charles Henry says petroleum products are part of our everyday world... The Sarasota County Health Department has been taking samples of their own, and so far their tests have shown no sign of oil... They stress that if you do see something on the beach that you believe to be oil contact the state watch office.
For other sand tests around the Gulf, see WKRG's reports: