While the beaches may appear to be clean, closer investigation revealed tiny black tar balls, USF scientist said. The cleanup efforts seemed to miss layers of oil buried inches beneath the sand (accoutning for more than half of the beach contamination).
University of South Florida’s research team states BP claims of cleaning up the oil spill is not as clean as it may appear. Evidence of tar balls buried oil along a stretch of sand in northwest Florida and Alabama remains.
“That leads to the conclusion that the cleanup at this point is superficial,” said Ping Wang, USF beach geologist who lead the research.
The report was released this week on USF’s official website. Photos include contamination and other details as a result of research conducted since April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion.