Over the past year, there’s been much speculation about where the oil from the Deepwater Horizon went. Maybe it got disappeared by magical microbes. Maybe it’s all on the sea floor, and maybe more important, if it is on the sea floor (which several studies suggest), what happens if the area gets hit by a hurricane, will the oil resurface?
Well, no hurricanes yet, but how about a tropical storm?
As Tropical Storm Lee hit land along the Gulf Coast over Labor Day weekend, it didn’t just bring rain, the heavy surf it churned up also brought tar balls. Samples are being collected for testing to find out if they are from BP’s oil spill.
The tar balls ranged from the size of marbles to that of a baseball and they washed up across several beaches. From Grant Brown, a spokesperson for the city of Gulf Shores, Alabama, “It confirms our fear that there are tar mats just offshore and that we may have more tar coming in whenever there’s a storm,” he said.
Connie Harris, a tourist staying at a condominium with friends in Gulf Shores came back from a walk and had to scrub her feet, “When we walked on the beach, we had tar on our feet,” she said.
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