Tar Balls Unearthed At A Beach In St. Johns County In Florida Unlikely To Have Stemmed From The Gulf Oil Spill

July 11th, 2010 - 7:27 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

July 11, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): A small number of tar balls had washed up on the seashores, south of the St. Augustine Inlet, on Thursday. Nonetheless, the powers that be speedily gathered them up. They articulated uncertainties over whether the tar balls were associated with the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Karen Pan happens to be the spokesperson of St. Johns County. She has mentioned that it is improbable that the weather-beaten tar balls stemmed from the Gulf spill. The rationale she supplied was that these tar balls were waxy and had no gasoline in them.

The Coast Guard has gathered together these samples of tar balls for the purpose of examining them. Their examination will last for three to five days.

Karen Pan has asserted that the tar balls discovered are comparable to those that have come into view on Northeastern Florida’s seaside for decades. Pan proclaimed that the latest tar balls could have stemmed from debris of ships or from shoddy preservation of ships. These tar balls aren’t believed to be perilous. They were almost certainly driven onto dry land from 10 uninterrupted days of winds aground.

However, it is inevitable that these tar balls can generate alarm. That is because the detonated BP well is churning out 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil per day into the Gulf. Tar balls in the region of Florida’s Panhandle and other Gulf regions have been linked to the spill.

Al Browder happens to be a leading coastal engineer at Olsen and Associates in Jacksonville. He has stated that fear on seeing any kind of tar balls will take place until the oil spill is brought under control.

The Coast Guard touched down at the scene where the tar balls were discovered and scraped them off. Karen Pan has declared that the beaches are spotless now and she does not want these reports to have a detrimental impact on the local economy.

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