Friday, June 11, 2010

Tar balls wash up in Pensacola, Florida; BP says oil cap is helping with oil spill

Friday morning, Pensacola, Florida saw the first tar balls wash up on shore from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Florida is known for its white, clean beaches and residents are angry over what it is to come. The oil spill has already washed ashore in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The tar balls that washed up in Pensacola Florida  are being analyzed to see if they match the oil from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. 

Of the states that have been affected by the oil spill, Florida has more tourist dollars to lose. Florida generates over $60 billion a year from tourists which is 21% of the sales tax for the state. Over 1 million people are employed with those tourist dollars, according to Reuters. 

Saturday morning, BP reported that they placed the cap over the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and they believe it is working, and they have already collected 1,800 barrels of oil. 

On Friday afternoon BP said it had collected 76,020 gallons of oil in the first 12 hours of the cap being placed over the well, which is less than 10% of what is estimated to be coming out of the oil well. Federal officials estimate that 798,000 gallons of oil are coming out of the oil well on a daily basis.

Friday, Obama cancelled his business trip to Asia and headed back down to the Gulf Coast. Thursday night, Obama told Larry King that he was "furious with the entire situation.

Perdido Pass this past Wed.

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