Tar Balls and Mats Plentiful in Fort Morgan (VIDEO)


BP’s clean up operations are winding down on Gulf Shores beaches and starting up on the Fort Morgan peninsula and none to soon for residents there where tar balls and tar mats are plentiful.

FORT MORGAN, Alabama – BP clean up crews are loading up and moving off the beaches of Gulf Shores.

“I’m just glad they’re cleaning it up.” Snowbird Karen Mason has watched the clean up since December. She is looking forward to having the beach back. “We’ve kind of stayed away and let them clean it and figured we could get on it after they were done.”

The equipment has already started moving onto the Fort Morgan peninsula as the deep clean moves further west and by the looks of things they will have plenty of work to do.

“I have to put up with this every day. It’s just as aggravating as stew.” Larry Dalgo lives at the beach. “What happens is the wind will blow it and cover it up and then it’ll blow from the other direction and uncover it and that’s what you’re seeing here, just tons of it.”

Tar balls and mats are scattered as far as the eye can see. They are as big as your hand in places and they are every where.

BP says barring any delays, “beach cleanup operations are on schedule to meet our goals of mid-February in Gulf Shores and early March in Fort Morgan.”

“Lets get it done and get it over with and get the hell out of here. I’m tired of it.” For Dalgo, the sooner the better.

There will be no “deep cleaning” of the Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. While beach sweepers are allowed in certain areas, the majority of the clean up will be done by hand.

See video here: http://www.wkrg.com/gulf_oil_spill/article/tar-balls-and-mats-plentiful-in-fort-morgan/1204706/Feb-11-2011_6-02-pm/

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