Orange Beach Corrected
Two years after the devastating BP oil spill wreaked havoc on businesses, individuals andmunicipalities in the Gulf region, a report in the Louisiana news site www.BayouBuzz.comshows that after effects continue to arise and raise questions about when the region will beable to return to normal. Danziger and De Llano, LLP, a Houston, Texas law firm, hasestablished the website
to enable interested parties with questions andconcerns to stay informed and up-to-date on events and news related to the spill.According to the website, residents and city officials of Orange Beach, Alabama weredismayed to hear that two years after the BP oil spill, a dredging operation off the coastunearthed a tar mat that has created an oil sheen in the area. The BP spill resulted in almost5 million barrels of oil pouring unabated into the Gulf of Mexico and Orange Beach was justone of many coastal areas that were impacted at the time. BP has pledged to help with anyclean up that is required if it is proved that the event has its roots in the 2010 spill.The story quotes Phillip West, coastal resources manager for Orange Beach, who reportedthat the dredging operation was part of a beach replenishment program being conductedby the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He indicated that samples from the tar mat that wasunearthed had been sent to the Coast Guard Marine Safety Lab in Connecticut for testing inorder to determine whether the tar originated with the 2010 spill. City officials reportedexpressed little doubt.As all parties awaited the results of the scientific tests, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) and the U.S. Coast Guard met to discuss the properdisposition of the tar mat, which the Corps of Engineers reported was found just off the
coast. Although BP’s statement inferred that their assistance was dependent upon proof
that they were the source, Orange Beach residents exp
ressed concern that the mat’s origin
would be difficult to prove.Orange Beach city officials have been concerned that residual effects from the 2010 oil spillwould continue to arise, and the report cites that West had previously scheduledinvestigations by researchers from Auburn University to ensure that the borrow siteapproximately one mile off of the coastline that is being used to source the beachreplenishment program is safe.