Initial word of a floating, powdery, sandy substance surfaced in the media last week. According to a local news report, lab testing confirmed the presence of Corexit in the water around the "floating sand."
Corexit found in Orange Beach Waters, WKRG, August 19, 2010:
"Some times it's about the size of a half dollar. Some times it streams along and its like floating sand." ...
She got samples [from her backyard] and sent them to chemist Bob Naman in Mobile whose tests results show 13 point 3 parts per million of the chemical dispersant Corexit.
Now this from today...
Large Oil-Corexit Plumes, Fish Kill Coverup and Wackenhut, Intel Hub, August 27, 2010:
Statements by Project Gulf Impact
- “In some places you could see oil, in others it was clearly freshly sprayed dispersant. In certain areas there was a heavy chemical smell, in others it was oddly quiet.”
- “As far as that trip goes, it was definitely the worst I have seen the dispersant. It was scary because some of the dispersant was still in powder form which would indicate that it was from a plane. It was horrifying to see the jelly fish and dolphins attempting to get away from the plumes, especially when certain plumes were over a mile long!"
- “When we were coming in we saw a fish kill. That was the hardest part. When we came back later a huge cover up had begun. The beach was full of private security -- Wackenhut security called in our plates and forced us off the beach. Private security on a public beach! This all happened in a matter of hours.”
See report for full set of photos, including the fish kill. Here's a sampling: