[Coral-List] Tar Balls

Michael Burton Michael.Burton at noaa.gov
Fri May 28 12:01:41 EDT 2010

Austin, another avenue of information/direction might be Dr. Quenton 
Dokken, of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation (?), headquartered somewhere on 
Everhart St., i believe....mlb

Steve LeGore wrote:
> Austin,
> I applaud your dedication to monitoring your home beaches.  In order to determine whether your tar balls are resulting from the BP blowout, they should be analyzed ("fingerprinted") and compared with chemical signatures of the discharged material.  You may want to report your findings on the first telepone number below and discuss with them how you might submit properly collected samples to the appropriate facility for these determinations.
> Key contact numbers
> Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information: (866) 448-5816 
> Submit alternative response technology, services or products: (281) 366-5511  
> Submit your vessel for the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (281) 366-5511 
> Submit a claim for damages: (800) 440-0858 
> Report oiled wildlife: (866) 557-1401 
> Or since you are in Corpus you might want to contact the Harte Institute, with which I am certain you are familiar.  They may already be involved in related efforts.
> Steve LeGore
> -----Original Message-----
>> From: atvaughan at austin.rr.com
>> Sent: May 27, 2010 12:11 PM
>> To: coral-list at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>> Cc: coral-list-request at coral.aoml.noaa.gov
>> Subject: [Coral-List] Tar Balls
>> Hello All,
>>  I wanted to give an update on some oil happenings in the Gulf. I live in Corpus Christi, Texas about 30 miles north of a large converging current onto shore know as Big Shell and Small Shell beaches. I graduated two weeks ago with a Marine Biology degree and a Chemistry minor; I am no professional, but I figured Texas would see some of this spill. Since the plume of oil was so deep and close to the Mississippi River, I believe the heavier particles of oil could easily reach many loop currents coming off the river than just to loops north and north-west of the spill. I've been doing my best to go to the beach everyday, and in the past three days oil has appeared onshore. With large mats of sargassum floating ashore it is hard to be precise, but there are ~2in diameter oil balls (flat on the beach) every ten feet or so.
>>  Concerned about what I was seeing, I went to the Padre Island National Seashore to talk with some rangers. Though they believed the oil was still refuse from a spill in the 70's, I believe it is no coincidence. The surface of the oil was fairly smooth, without the holes that come with biological breakdown. I post this here because many currents come off the Mississippi and the possibility of this oil reaching the Florida Straits and the corals of Florida seems very real to me. For anyone that would like pictures or more info that I could possibly give, feel free to contact me at atvaughan at austin.rr.com.
>> Sincerely,
>> Austin Vaughan
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