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Heartache in Pensacola

It’s a beautiful full moon over the oil soaked beaches of Pensacola. There is a beach advisory against children on the beach, against pregnant women or people with weak immune systems being on the beach. The surf is contaminated with oil and VOC, which is volatile organic compounds, whatever that means, it is bad.

June 24, 2010 - Posted by | Community, Crime, Environment, Health Issues, Living Conditions, Pensacola, Political Issues, Social Issues


  1. Intlxpatr :

    The oil finally hit your beaches , so sad .
    Do you know that they cant use bulldozers to remove the oil quickly because it kills all other living things underneath the sand by compacting it .So removal of the oil has to be done manually . It seems they havent started yet.

    Comment by daggero | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  2. They have started. They can’t remove it fast enough. This time, the beach is covered in a ‘chocolate mousse-like gel’. Now, parts of the beach look white again because the tide brought in white sand, but just below the surface is the layer of sticky, gooey oily tar. It will be a never ending task, for months.

    If there is good news, it is that many unemployed in Pensacola now have training for cleaning the beaches. They have jobs, and it looks like they will have jobs for a decade or so, cleaning the beaches. It is heartbreaking.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 25, 2010 | Reply

  3. The devastation is staggering – Pensacola is in for a long season of heartache, like you say. Galveston TX is one of our favorite places – it has survived hurricanes, floods, and race riots. BP and that still spewing oil may do what nothing else has.
    I’d cry but when would I stop? *sigh*

    Comment by DaisyMae | June 26, 2010 | Reply

  4. DaisyMae – It is going to be a long, drawn out process as there is so much oil, it continues to gush, and there is no predicting when it will hit or how hard. And it will hit over and over and over again. Heartbreaking.

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 27, 2010 | Reply

  5. I’ve been thinking about you as I’ve watched the news on this. I’m so sorry for you, for us as a country, and for the people of the Gulf area. I pray our government, oil companies, and everyone in this country *learns* from this disaster.

    Comment by AcadeMama | June 28, 2010 | Reply

  6. Thanks, AcadeMama. I know you are having a good beach vacation this summer, and I hope it is a beautiful, safe and healthy one. Keep us in your prayers. 🙂

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 28, 2010 | Reply

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