Like little stars.
An important reminder that these things never really go away: four years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion dumped over 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, massive amounts of the stuff are still washing ashore. Last week, the Pensacola News Journal reports, a crew from the state Department of Environmental Protection discovered a 1,250-pound mat of tar, sand and water — measuring 9 feet long and 9 feet wide — in the surf.
Testing confirmed that the hidden-until-now deposit consisted of MC-252 oil from the 2010 spill.
In its own version of a “Mission Accomplished” fake-out, BP ended its efforts to seek out remaining tar deposits last summer, even as tar balls continued to be discovered near daily on the shores of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. According to Michael Anderson, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, they now mostly rely on tourists and local beach-goers to find the toxic deposits.
The Tampa Bay Times has more on the two-day cleanup effort:
Because of its contact with the oil, the whole thing had to be handled as hazardous material. The location posed a bit of a problem for BP’s contracted cleanup crews, according to Petty Officer Michael Anderson of the Coast Guard.
BP’s contractors aren’t allowed to go out in the surf deeper than their knees, he explained. So DEP’s two inspectors used their shovels to dig up the lumps of tar and carry them to shore, where the contractors could bag them up for disposal, he said.
Below, the cleanup crew at work:
Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email email@example.com.More Lindsay Abrams.
Like little stars.
World's best pie apple. Essential for Tarte Tatin. Has five prominent ribs.
So pretty. So early. So ephemeral. Tastes like strawberry candy (slightly).
My personal fave. Ultra-crisp. Graham cracker flavor. Should be famous. Isn't.
High flavored with notes of blood orange and allspice. Very rare.
Jefferson's favorite. The best all-purpose American apple.
New Hampshire's native son has a grizzled appearance and a strangely addictive curry flavor. Very, very rare.
Makes the best hard cider in America. Soon to be famous.
Freak seedling found in an Oregon field in the '60s has pink flesh and a fragrant strawberry snap. Makes a killer rose cider.
Ben Franklin's favorite. Queen Victoria's favorite. Only apple native to NYC.
Really does taste like pineapple.