Oil debris still washing up on Panhandle beaches


PANAMA CITY, Fla. – Bits of oil are still washing up on some Florida Panhandle beaches, months after BP’s leaking undersea well was plugged.

Bay County’s chief of emergency services, Mark Bowen, says crews are still finding a quarter of a pound to half a pound of oil product along the beaches every day.

Bowen says BP’s subcontractor is doing daily sweeps to pick up the debris.

The government says some 200 million gallons of oil were released into the Gulf of Mexico after a rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers. The runaway well was capped in July and permanently plugged in September.

Bowen says the county has asked BP to continue its efforts to recover any oil that may remain floating in the Gulf or on its bottom.

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