Predicting the Oil Slick & Unrest in the Bayou

June 9th, 2010 at 4:19 pm by under FOX10 News, FOX10 Stormtracker Weather, Jason Smith - FOX10 Outdoors

Every aspect of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster is something totally new for just about all of us. Predicting the oil spill and when these small plumes of sheen and tar balls will affect our beaches is very difficult. This week, we saw very light impacts Monday and Tuesday with only light reports of shoreline contact. Wednesday brought a much more significant coating to areas around Orange Beach and Perdido Pass.

The oil is spreading throughout the northern Gulf, directed by Gulf Currents and surface winds. Things get more complicated when the areas get closer to the beaches. Tides and sea breezes make the oil even harder to predict.

This week, overflight maps indicate a significant area of sheen and orange emulsion located about 15 miles off the Baldwin County beaches. Small pieces of this break off and affect the beaches on occasion. The real problem will begin when this slick impacts the shore directly. Hopefully we have a better system in place to combat the slick when it gets here.

I spent a good bit of time in Bayou LaBatre and Mississippi Sound today. There was quite a mix of sentiments about the situation. There are a large number of commercial fishermen who are residents of south Mobile County who claim that BP will not hire them. They are out of work because of the oil spill and closed fishing areas.

I also witnessed a large number of boaters, many in pleasure boats and recreational boats, that were participating in the BP work program. Many had accents and car tags that indicated they were not from this area. Most were riding around in circles around Katrina Cut and Dauphin Island serving the role as oil spotters. BP is paying folks to ride around and look for oil. Very few were deploying boom, cleaning beaches, or doing any other actual work to prepare for a spill. The situation is totally disorganized.

4 Responses to “Predicting the Oil Slick & Unrest in the Bayou”

  1. myeyesonly_2003 says:

    Jason,….

    I understand and agree with everyone their disgust with this oil spill. But, frustration only makes matters worse. Laying blame only makes matters worse. Being impatient only makes matters worse. BP has accepted full responsibility. If people continue to be negative and try to boycott BP, they’re not helping matters any. They’re only making them worse but causing BP’s stocks to plummet and their net worth is depreciating so how in the heck are they going to be able to pay all the claims people are submitting. How are the contractors and their employees going to be paid for their efforts in cleaing up the beaches/waters?… Okay, so people now want to sue BP? Is that really the answer, no.. end the long run it will be us who end up having to pay. Just my opinion. And by the way, this is not directed to you or anything you have mentioned. I just wanted to pass this on to Fox10 News.

  2. tom says:

    Who on this gulf coast cares about BP stock or shares or anything other than the fact that this will without a doubt change the place we all live and work and raise our families in forever, I personally think that this is a criminal offense, I say this because people are convicted everyday in this contry of criminal neglect,and abuse. Somewhere somebody knew exactly what would eventually happen, this disaster was bound to happen at some point, you cannot convince me that with the technology these mega oil companies have at their disposal for locating the oil deposits, that scientist in their employ did’nt run this type scenario through their plans to drill, only to be brushed aside in a “that probably won’t happen” attitude by the guys who make the decisions without a foolproof plan to fix this type problem quick. I saw a poll that was taken in England and the Brits seem to think we and our president are taking an unfairly hard line of talk about this, and it made me wonder how they would react if this was on their coast and it was an American oil company. Lets just not let our anger make us forget that eleven families are greiving. As far as who will pay for this cleanup, we all know who will be left with the check at the end of this horrible meal……………U.S.

  3. Thomas says:

    I as many of you have followed this since day one. For me it is because I love to fish and this will bring a total end to my fishing. It will eventualy end up in British waters. The amount of oil now known to be out there now will eventual end up in the Gulf Stream. (If it’s not already there) At that point it will become a world wide event. Waters from the Gulf Stream eventualy touch much of the worlds oceans and seas. This is a problem that will in time break BP. You can only hope that the people affected the most (The eleven familes) and the TRUE business owners that suffer are fairly compensated. BEFORE THEY GO BANKRUPT!!! There will be many people that get rich off of this. Those who suffer most will be the fish and animals. They don’t have a way to colloct for their losses. They will only die!

  4. Ralph says:

    THE NEW THEME SONG FOR THE GULF COAST SHOULD BE….TO THE TUNE OF “SITTIN ON
    THE DOCK OF THE BAY”, SITTIN ON THE DOCK OF THE BAY
    WATCHING THE OIL ROLL OUR WAY

    OTHERS WITH MORE TALENT AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE HAPPENINGS THERE COULD ADD TO
    THE VERSES AND POST HERE.

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