BP / Gulf Oil Spill – Continuing Impacts

From our remote satellite perspective here at SkyTruth, most of the observable impacts from the BP / Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico were dissipating in late July, in the wake of Tropical Storm Bonnie.

But up close and personal, people are still dealing with the oil. We just received this report today on our Gulf Oil Spill Tracker site:

We live on Navarre beach Florida. While walking along the Santa Rosa Sounds yesterday 10.14.2010, I say many, many tar balls that had washed up on the beach of the Sound. There were still others attached to the sea weed still in the water.

News accounts have provided cause for optimism, including good numbers of some fish species and birds in the area, but also note that oil continues to persist in a variety of environments. And for other economically and biologically important species, such as bluefin tuna, it may take some time for spill-related problems to manifest themselves.