Huge Oil Mat Washes Ashore in Orange BeachDecember 4th, 2010 Clearly BP’s Oil is Not Yet Gone, or Forgotten
WKRG.com News A giant oil mat, nearly an eighth of a mile long, is washing up west of Cotton Bayou in Orange Beach, Alabama, according to a local television news crew.
BP clean up contractors came to the scene when they were notified and brought in heavy equipment to remove the oil. A clean up crew supervisor told WKRG News 5 the tar mat was “submerged,” and wasn’t visible until the incoming tide pushed it on shore.
“When we arrived, we could smell the petroleum product hundreds of feet away,” broadcast reporter Pat Peterson said. “Workers covered their mouths and noses and coughed because of the overwhelming smell.”
The tar mat removal will be an all-day process. Crews will be removing oil until dusk, according to this report.