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July 28th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The oil in the sand you can't see

(CNN) – Sometimes it's the enemy you can't see that poses the most serious threat. That's why it could take years before we know the full extent of the damage that's been done to the Gulf of Mexico. Our Rob Marciano found out that thick, black oil doesn't always leave an obvious stain. Watch Video

100 days later, devastation and hope as oil spill efforts take hold


Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. jhk008

    Pauly – a baseline survey was taken BEFORE the oil reached NW Florida. No oil product or tar balls were found. Unless there is another leaking oil well that has released enough oil to contaminate the 120 miles of shoreline that I personally surveyed, then the MC252 well accident is the culprit. Plus the samples of tar balls were fingerprinted by the USCG Oil Sample Identification Lab and positively identified as MC252 crude oil product. Having visited, lived, and worked here for more than 50 years, I can tell you that oil product on the NW Florida beaches was a rare sight, unlike Texas beaches, until this oil well accident happened. However, I agree with your conclusion...it is all about the money.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  2. Pauly

    @Tom, you missed the point I was trying to make. Big oil & other American & foreign industries have been polluting our waterways for a long time. Everyone just ignores the damage until there's a major event. The fact is that the continuous polluting & poisoning of our waterways is wreaking havoc w/ our environment & wildlife. It will continue to go unabated after this leak is plugged.

    As many Gulf politicians have been saying, the oil industry helps our economy so let them drill. There are 27,000 capped wells in the Gulf that no one has been keeping an eye on. Many could be leaking. One definitely is after being hit by a barge yesterday. Yet, you hear the pols & many people keeping up the drill baby drill chant.

    July 28, 2010 at 11:12 am |
  3. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    @Pauly, so what do you want him to do, play 'chicken little'? Do you want him to conclude, oh that's probably from a barge and walk on not telling anybody? I'm sure there is oil in the marshes from elsewhere as well. And who is going to clean this up? Can it be cleaned up? Etc. Reconnaissance is escential in fighting any war. The oil is no different. All oil finds need to be 'flagged'. The chemists and analysts will figure this out out their discretion.

    July 28, 2010 at 9:31 am |
  4. Tom-Vermillion, Ohio

    Mr. Marciano, keep on scratching, and scratch real hard! Its all out there somewhere AND having an impact...every single molocule. What was the Gulf Seawater Analysis BEFORE the spill and what is it now? What was the sea floor composition BEFORE the spill and what is it now? What about the marshes? What about the air? Same questions. Make a list. I think BP would like us to believe that it was transported into another dimension. We can't let them get away with it.

    July 28, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  5. Pauly

    Hey Rob, I hate to break it to you but there's been oil in that sand for a long time! Pollution of the Gulf coast didn't begin w/, nor will it end w/, the Deepwater Horizon leak. Tar balls that have wahed up on TX & FL beaches were determined not to have come from this leak.

    Oil rigs, tankers & refineries have been leaking oil in the Gulf, and elsewhere, for decades. For the most part, people have turned a blind eye to it because the oil industry puts money in everyone's pockets. Even w/ the devastation caused by this leak so many are complaining about the economic damage a moratorium would cause. It's all about the money!!!

    July 28, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  6. nancy

    Rob ~~ you are so cute!! 🙂

    July 28, 2010 at 7:52 am |