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Monday, June 28, 2010: An updated closure is effective beginning 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (5:00 p.m. Central Time) - see map belowWritten by Eddie Lewis
Richard Shelby The eastern boundary of the fisheries closure has been adjusted slightly to the east to encompass oil that moved outside the existing boundary. The new closure measures 80,228 sq mi (207,790 sq km) and covers about 33% of the Gulf of Mexico EEZ, compared to the June 23 closure comprising 78,597 sq mi (203,564 sq km); also about 33% of the Gulf of Mexico EEZ. The new closure will become effective MOnday, June 28 at 6 PM Eastern Time.
MONTGOMERY - Marine Corps veteran Rick Barber and runoff challenger Martha Roby will have their first debate tomorrow, Monday, June 28th in Dothan at Sony Hall in Troy University's Dothan campus. There will be a reception at 6 PM, and the debate begins at 7:00 PM.
PER COVINGTON COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEYS OFFICE.
OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. --- Globs of gooey oil began washing ashore the Mississippi mainland for the first time Sunday morning, coating the shoreline near the Lake Mars landing in Gulf Park Estates.
Officials with state departments of marine resources and environmental quality closed the surrounding fishing waters and ordered numerous fishermen away from the area.
Booms that were open to allow boat traffic at East Beach and Front beach were closed in anticipation of the oil continuing its movement to the north.
The next high tide is scheduled for today at 11:30 a.m.
June 27, 2010, 5:10AM
Tropical Storm Alex is churning up in the Gulf, Unknown at this time what effect if any on the oil spillWritten by Staff
A tropical storm churning in the Caribbean could be the latest bad news for BP crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that has been plagued by setbacks for more than two months.
It is still too early to tell exactly where Tropical Storm Alex might go, or how it might affect oil on and below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, forecasters said. An armada of ships is working on the spill. That includes those drilling two relief wells, projected to be done by mid-August, which are the best hope for halting the crude that has been gushing since an April 20 explosion touched off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
BP's effort to drill through 2½ miles of rock is on target, the oil giant said Friday. But BP's stock tumbled anyway over the mounting costs of the disaster and the company's inability to plug the leak sooner.
The crew that has been drilling the relief well since early May ran a test to confirm it is on the right path, using a tool that detects the magnetic field around the casing of the original, blown-out well.
"The layman's translation is, 'We are where we thought we were,'" said BP spokesman Bill Salvin.
Once the new well intersects the ruptured one, BP plans to pump heavy drilling mud in to stop the oil flow and plug it with cement.
Despite the encouraging news, BP stock tumbled 6 percent in New York on Friday to a 14-year low on news that BP has now spent $2.35 billion dealing with the disaster.
BP has lost more than $100 billion in market value since its deep-water drilling platform blew up, and its stock is worth less than half the $60 or so it was selling for on the day of the explosion.
If the bad weather heads toward the Gulf, it could add to BP's problems.
Forecasters can't say yet if Alex -- which blew into a tropical storm early Saturday -- will hit the northeastern part of the Gulf, where the spill has spread over the past 10 weeks.
Somewhere between 69 million and 132 million gallons of crude have spewed into the water since the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.
Most storm prediction models show it traveling over the Yucatan Peninsula over the weekend and into the southern Gulf by Monday. Where it goes next is the question.
Jack Bevins, a forecaster with the National Hurricane Center in Miami, said early prediction models Saturday morning no longer had it going across the oil spill. But Alex's track could quickly change in the coming days as conditions shift.
The effort to capture the oil gushing from the sea bottom could be interrupted for up to two weeks if a storm forces BP to move its equipment out of harm's way, said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government's point man on the crisis.
BP would need about five days to secure or move all its equipment to safety from an approaching storm but is working to shorten that to two days, Salvin said. The equipment includes ships that are processing the oil sucked up by the containment cap on the well and the rigs drilling the two relief wells.
Tropical storm Alex formed in the Western Caribbean Saturday, and forecasters said it was unclear if it would hit the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that the storm has maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (65 kph). Most storm prediction models show Alex traveling over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over the weekend, but they no longer have it going across the oil spill once it reaches the Gulf, hurricane forecaster Jack Bevens said.
Tropical storm Alex formed in the Western Caribbean Saturday, and forecasters said it was unclear if it would hit the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that the storm has maximum sustained winds of about 40 mph (65 kph). Most storm prediction models show Alex traveling over the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico over the weekend, but they no longer have it going across the oil spill once it reaches the Gulf, hurricane forecaster Jack Bevens said.
It's too early to tell if the storm will hit the northeastern part of the Gulf, where the spill has spread over the past 10 weeks, Bevens said. While the current forecast track has the storm shifting away from the spill, Bevens noted that could change.
Somewhere between 69 million and 132 million gallons of crude have spewed into the water since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.
The storm raises concerns over what might happen to efforts to contain the oil if BP is forced to abandon the area for a while. An armada of ships is working in the Gulf.
A cap has been placed over the blown-out undersea well and it is carrying some of the oil to a surface ship where it is being collected. Some of the oil is being brought to the surface and burned. Other ships are drilling two relief wells, projected to be done by August, and are the best hope to stop the leak.
Forecasters have said they can't speculate about what rough weather would do to oil in the water.
The depression is on track to reach the peninsula by late Saturday. It is about 220 miles (355 km) east of Belize City and about 250 miles (400 km) east-southeast of Chetumal.
Meanwhile in the Pacific, two major hurricanes are swirling but don't pose an immediate threat to land. Darby has weakened to a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 110 mph (or 175 kph).
The hurricane is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) southwest of Zihuatanejo, Mexico. It's heading west-northwest near 6 mph (9 kph).
Hurricane Celia has weakened to a Category 2 storm farther out in the Pacific. Celia's maximum sustained winds have decreased to 100 mph (160 kph). It is about 880 miles (1415 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California. The hurricane center says Celia is approaching cooler waters and is expected to continue weakening.
The Walton County Health Department issued a health advisory Wednesday afternoon, following a report by the Walton County Emergency Operations Center of oil substances coming ashore along a six-mile stretch of Walton County Beaches.
The advisory covers beaches from the Miramar Beach access point eastward to the east end of Top Sail State Park.
Crews were dispatched immediately to begin the cleanup efforts. There are 280 workers already assigned to this six-mile stretch of affected beaches.
The health department will continue to work with the Emergency Operations Center, and will notify the public, through the media and its website, http://www.waltonso.org when the health advisory is no longer in effect. Consider the following tips for avoiding negative health impacts from an oiled shoreline:
Avoid entering areas where oil can be seen or smelled (no wading, swimming or entering the water).
Avoid direct skin contact with oil, oil-contaminated water and sediments.
Avoid contact with dead or dying fish or other aquatic life.
Do not swim or ski in areas affected by the oil spill, and if traveling through the area by boat take precautions when hoisting the boat anchor. If oil makes contact with the skin, wash it off with soap and water.
Do not fish in oil spill-affected waters.
Do not harvest or eat dead fish, fish with oily residue, or fish that have a petroleum odor.
Avoid boating through oil slicks or sheens.
Young children, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems, and individuals with underlying respiratory conditions should avoid the area.
Prevent pets from entering oil-contaminated areas.
Those near Florida’s Gulf Coast may detect an odor because of the oil spill. Some people are more sensitive to these odors and may experience nasal irritation and feelings of nausea. In combination with seasonal allergies, such as sensitivity to pollen, or pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma, some people may experience more severe symptoms.
Individuals experiencing respiratory symptoms that are aggravated by the odors from the oil spill should consider staying indoors in air-conditioning and avoiding strenuous outdoor activity.
If symptoms do not improve, contact a primary care physician or other health care provider for medical advice.
Individuals who have pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma or other respiratory illnesses should contact their health care professional if feeling symptomatic.
The health department is posting signs at the affected area. Residents can participate in activities that are above the high tide line. If they experience respiratory problems, they should leave the area and contact a physician.
The health department will continue to work with the Emergency Operations Center and will notify the public through the media and its websites http://www.waltonso.org,http://www.bswupdate.com and http://www.swfd.org when the health advisory is no longer in effect.
Oil is a hazardous substance. DO NOT handle or clean any type of oil from the beach. Crude oil, like motor oil, must be disposed of properly. Call 850-267-2000 or 1-866-448-5816 immediately if you spot tar balls or oil on any of Walton County’s 26 miles of beaches.
Sgt Raymon Dixon
Andalusia Police Department
On 05/27/2010 a K5 Blazer Blue and White in color was stolen from 534 E. Threenotch Street in Andalusia by four males that have been identified and arrested. On 05/27/2010 the four males that stole the truck took it to a local scrap metal business and sold it for $300.30 as scrap. The four males were all charged with Theft of Property in the 1st degree which is a class B felony and booked at the Covington County Jail under a $20,000 bond on 06/03/2010. 1} Michael Ward age 21 2} Brandon Crittenden age 24 3} Thomas Eric Bush age 29 4} Michael McCabe age25 all four are Andalusia residents.
On 06/16/2010 it was discovered that some employee’s of the local scrap metal business were advised the vehicle was stolen shortly after buying it. After employee’s reported the stolen vehicle had been crushed and no parts removed later removed a motor and transmission to sell and was located after a search warrant of the property was executed. Arrested on 06/17/2010 was Shannon Cooper age 41 from Repton Alabama. Additional warrants have been signed in connection with this case and more arrest expected.
Sgt Raymon Dixon
Andalusia Police Department
On 06/12/2010 and 06/21/2010 vehicles were broken into and electronics stolen from a local business parking lot. Investigators learned that it was the same 2 individuals on both cases through video surveillance. On 06/23/2010 the identity was learned of the 2 individuals and arrested were John Odekirk age 20 from Andalusia and Tiffany Morrow age 21 from Atlanta. Investigators also recovered some of the stolen electronics and returned to the owner. It was learned during the interviews that money to acquire cocaine was the motive for the thefts. Andalusia Investigators were assisted by local businesses and Investigators with the Covington County Sheriff’s Office in learning the suspects identities and where about. Both were charged with 2 counts of Auto Burglary and 2 counts of Theft of Property in the 3rd degree and booked in the County Jail under a $26,000 bond each.
Sgt. Raymon Dixon
Andalusia Police Dept.
Criminal Investigations Div.