Paper: BP cleanup crews walk 50 yards per day looking for oil at beach; “Leave one tent and go to the next”


BP oil-spill cleanup looks wasteful, Augusta Chronicle, July 3, 2010:

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[J]ust two hours east of Pensacola, Fla., I observed firsthand how wasteful the oil-spill cleanup effort has become. ...

8:30 a.m. A new John Deere tractor with a flatbed trailer equipped with seats pulls them from their tent to the one next door. They leave one tent (under the shade of the hot sun) and go to the next tent. They stay there about 45 minutes, then get transported back to the original tent to seek shade.

At 4:30 p.m. they leave their shade and walk down the beach looking in the surf for tar balls for about 50 yards. They then mount up and leave for the day. Included in their ensemble is a four-wheeler pulling a portable toilet. ... This was their daily routine for the three days we were there. Multiply this scene for miles and miles...

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