|Heal the Ocean Field advisor Harry Rabin was on the job morning to night, strategizing with the engineers about containment – nobody wanted to see any of this black pool escape into the ocean. In the end, some oil did escape, and there was a sheen on the beach, as there has been with previous well excavations and capping operations. This morning (Tuesday, December 7), Harry and the Patriot crew headed down there in ATVs to check the area for signs of oil, then later recorded an aerial survey for SLC. The sheen was minimal and most importantly there was no heavy oil or tarballs found. The quick response to the breach in the containment area helped to minimize the damage to the area. The survey revealed a light sheen within a 200-foot stretch directly in front of Duquesne which will most likely evaporate by the end of today.
The Before and After pictures are striking – and point out the need for a thorough plan for the old Summerland oil field. Heal the Ocean is in conversation with state officials about having an updated geology study done for the Summerland area (the last one was done in the 1930s or 40s) – to develop a bigger approach to remedying the oil problem there. The Duquesne oil pit tells us we need to step up the pace from the one-at-a-time band-aid approach we've been applying to this problem.
Heal the Ocean thanks every worker who remedied Duquesne. We were told by many of them that beach-goers thanked them as they went by – which surprised them, because oil equipment and operations this big on a beach, are usually encountered with protest. Summerlanders know they are on the way to a better, cleaner, ocean and beach. Heal the Ocean again thanks Nora McNeely Hurley whose generous family Manitou Fund has paid for critical research, as well as Harry’s work not paid for by the State Lands Commission, and we love her special brand of cheerleading.
Thank you, Harry!