Oil Now Washing Up In Biloxi; BP Sends Three People To Clean It Up

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to expand, despite BP’s boasting about the number of barrels they pull out of the water each day. Over the weekend, the crude washed up for the first time on the shores of mainland Mississippi, driving away the already scant number of tourists.

One of the towns hit by the greasy tide and tar balls is Biloxi, one of the gulf coast’s bigger tourist destinations. Not so much right now.

Said a mom from Texas who had been visiting Biloxi with her family:

We are leaving today. My child stepped in oil yesterday as we were playing on the beach. Obviously we are cutting our vacation short. This is a complete shame and very sad.”

According to Reuters, all of three people from a privately contracted crew hired by BP were working on the beach in Biloxi to clean up the tar balls.

Local officials are not happy with what they view as BP’s slow pace in dealing with the cleanup.

Says a Jackson County official:

This is the most frustrating process I have experienced. We have asked and asked for an easier process. It’s unfortunate that we have to call all day long to get somebody out here the following day.

Oil washes onto big Mississippi tourist beach [Reuters]


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  1. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    BP is doing a terrible job? Old news.

    Breaking News: There’s a town called Biloxi. WTF?

    • Southern says:

      What’s wrong with Biloxi?

      (I’m from that area). ;-)

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        The….name? Look, there’s nothing “wrong” with the name, but it’s incredibly odd. It’s like learning about the Icelandic volcano called Eyjafjallajokul. It’s one of those words that makes you do a double-take.

    • SerenityDan says:

      The existence of said town is not commonly known?

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      You obviously don’t like Matthew Broderick movies: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094746/

    • Dyrenia says:

      It’s a bigtime gambling city. I thought that was common knowledge?

    • andyparkerson says:

      What’s playing at the Roxy?
      I’ll tell you what’s playing at the Roxy.
      A picture about a Minnesota man falls in love with a Mississippi girl
      That he sacrifices everything and moves all the way to Biloxi.
      That’s what’s playing at the Roxy.

    • CPC says:

      Biloxi, like most “weird” US place names, came from the local Indian tribe. BTW, it’s pronounced “bi-luck-see”, and not “bi-lock-see”. They instantly know you’re a Yankee if you say it wrong.

    • sogmasta says:

      Actually the proper way it to say it is “OH SH!T WE IS FU@KED”

  2. FrugalFreak says:

    Who goes to biloxi to go to the beach anyways? It’s the Gaming capital of MS.

    • axhandler1 says:

      Yeah, that’s the first thing I saw when I saw this post. Who goes to Biloxi for the beach?

    • nova3930 says:

      I grew up within a 30 minute drive of Biloxi. As the joke always went:

      Q: What do you call someone swimming in the MS Sound?

      A: A tourist

      We always did ship island if we wanted to go to the beach….

      • Southern says:

        Just remember to bring a beach umbrella & some SPF3000 – there is NO shade out there. :)

        I’d just go to Wolf river or one of the many (Spring fed) lakes.. much cleaner than any part of the ocean, and no yucky salt water. :)

      • CPC says:

        Ship Island is the best kept secret on the MS coast, and not just because of the nude beach. Yes, Mississippi has a nude beach…

  3. Hoss says:

    “Reed said she was unsure whether to take her 7-year-old daughter to the doctor and was worried because her foot remained stained even after they had washed off the oil.”

    There need to be tests to be a mother

    • dolemite says:

      Well, after her last visits, he told her not to come back unless it was an emergency. Her previous visits included:
      1. Child got a dab of superglue on her finger and it didn’t come off immediately with warm water.
      2. Child got gum in her hair, and it didn’t wash out with shampoo.
      3. Child’s tongue turned blue after drinking Great Blue-dini Kool-Aid.

      • Daverson says:

        The best part about the blue coloring they put in Kool-Aid and Hawaiian Punch is that it turns your poop bright Kelly Green.

        Or is that TMI?

    • Xay says:

      Should have washed her in Dawn.

  4. SkokieGuy says:

    Don’t worry, as soon as television reporters get there, BP will have a huge response team on the beaches for a photo op about how there only concern is cleaning up the spill.

    Hey, question:

    BP officials said Saturday that gas hydrates — slushy crystal formations of natural gas and water that form under pressure — had plugged the opening at the top of the box that is supposed to funnel the oil geyser into pipes connected to a ship.

    [May 9th!!!!! http://articles.latimes.com/2010/may/09/nation/la-na-oil-spill-20100509%5D

    Can someone explain, why ice crystals STOPPING THE FLOW OF OIL was a bad thing?

    Oh yeah, because it meant that BP couldn’t recover token amounts of oil that would have flowed up the tube. The news story is from six weeks ago. How much oil could have been kept out of the gulf if we left the first containment dome in place?

    • Polish Engineer says:

      The ice crystals were plugging the pipe attempting to siphon oil to the surface, not the pipe spewing oil to the surface. There has never been a tight seal between the siphon the leaking riser pipe. So, when the siphon got plugged by the ice crystals, the oil just escaped around the bottom of the containment dome.

      • SkokieGuy says:

        Thank you both. I’ve yet to hear a clear media explanation of why the clogging with ice crystals was a problem.

        I be smarter now!

        • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

          I think 9 out of 10 people who read the section you quoted would have understood what was said.

          Here is some video:

          When the pipe in the “top hat” clogs, it’s like putting a 5 gallon bucket over an open fire hydrant. Except the oil is coming out at over 5000psi, so it would seek the path of least resistance, i.e. leaking out the open bottom of the “hat”.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Absolutely none. Any oil that would have collected in the dome would have been displaced with gas, which would have pushed the oil out of the dome.

  5. Baelzar says:

    I heard the Dutch offered to bus in 3000 people, but they wouldn’t do the EPA Silly Walk when they were moving down the beach, so they were told “No, thanks!”

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      Maybe they didn’t get here because the bus from Netherlands sunk?

    • Chaosium says:

      “but they wouldn’t do the EPA Silly Walk when they were moving down the beach”

      Dispersants and tarballs aren’t without their own dangers, you know.

  6. Angus99 says:

    Whoever came up with that “B___h Please” version of the logo is a genius.

    • LandruBek says:

      Graphically, it is an ingenious appropriation of Eddie Adams’s iconic photo: the raw brutality apparent in that execution photo exposes the greed and brutality shown by BP’s careless exploitation of “natural resources.” Just as a drumhead execution is unjust, drilling for oil without the niceties of oversight, accountability, or a disaster management plan is horribly wrong. A graphic like this really exposes the horror of what BP (and the rest of Big Oil) do.

      But the “bitch, please!” caption doesn’t quite make sense to me. Who is saying it, and to whom?

      • Angus99 says:

        I believe it’s supposed to represent the general public’s response to BP’s endless catalog of updates that everything’s fine, it’s getting better, they’re doing everything they can, etc, etc, etc.

        Anybody above a certain age has to recognize that photo, of course. I’m dating myself, I know.

  7. suez says:

    Hmmm, tastes like mousse…at least according to the MS governor. Hope you like it oiley.

  8. NarcolepticGirl says:

    I’d rather deal with some tar balls than the sight and stench of red tide.
    A lot of people had no issues about stepping on decaying fish and swimming in the water.

  9. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    “We are leaving today. My child stepped in oil yesterday as we were playing on the beach. Obviously we are cutting our vacation short. This is a complete shame and very sad.”

    FUCK YOU, lady. Seriously.

    The earth is weeping and the only thing you can think about is your fucking VACATION?!?! FUCK. YOU.

    • LandruBek says:

      Yes, she should have said this: “My child stepped in oil yesterday, but I’ve decided to make her keep swimming in the oil as a symbolic protest of the natural devastation is going on, just as the marine and estuarine wildlife have no choice but to swim and die in the oil spill poisoning the Gulf. The vacation shall continue AS PLANNED.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Really. And why not stay a few days and support the local economy?

      I feel like going down to the Gulf Coast just to spend money, even if I don’t go to the beach. If I had any money, I would.

    • J Brill says:

      Mississipi and Lousiana got in bed with big oil and they are reaping what they sowed. Florida I feel bad for. They haven’t been getting oil royalties. Florida should sue Louisiana for damages.

  10. gman863 says:

    Having worked in Biloxi in the year after Katrina, I know it took the area a long time to rebuild its casinos, tourist attractions and shopping areas.

    The oil spill may not affect the visits of die hard gambling addicts but will have a huge effect on what used to be white beaches packed with tourists.

    Kudos to Obama for demanding the $20 billion claims trust fund. It won’t be nearly enough to take care of all the people and businesses whose income has tanked (no pun intended), but it will be available after BP likely tries to wiggle out of its obligations by declaring bankruptcy.

    • Draw2much says:

      My parents and sister live right next to Biloxi. (My Dad works at the base there.) My sister told me that the locals offered to help with the oil spill when it first happened. They’ve got a huge shrimping industry there and I guess they were thinking the boats might be of some use. BP turned them down and has pretty much ignored any offers of help from locals since.


  11. smarty-pants44 says:

    I’m sorry but I think some people are being unreasonable here. BP can’t just snap its fingers and hire a million trained oil cleanup workers. And i seriously hope the contractors get more than a cursory 10 minute training session on cleaning up oil from beaches. Give them more than a day to mobilize some workers….

  12. blandname says:

    Said a mom from Texas who had been visiting Biloxi with her family:
    “We are leaving today. My child stepped in oil yesterday as we were playing on the beach. Obviously we are cutting our vacation short. This is a complete shame and very sad.”

    Are you serious? It’s just oil, it’s not going to kill you if you get a bit on your foot.

  13. missmuse says:

    3?!? just three people?
    BP doesn’t seem to take this as serious as they should.
    Look for a video on “Kindra Arnesen at the Gulf Emergency Summit” and it will blow your mind what she says is really going on.

  14. JollyJumjuck says:

    BP, like some other large companies, has a hideous record of being incredibly cheap. It is the mentality which got them to the burst pipe in the first place.

    Big Company Spending Lesson #1: If you are CHEAP, it will bite you in the ass one day.

    Apparently the executives at BP have learned NOTHING from this tragedy. They will cut costs and send a few extremely overworked people to do a job that would easily take 10’s if not 100’s of more people to do properly. Cutting costs make shareholders happy because it pumps up the profit line. Never mind long term profits: everyone is in it for the short term! Can I make billions and billions of dollars now, while sacrificing the future of the company and the environment, or can I just make billions and spend more money so we ensure the future of the company and the environment? Oh, screw that, I want billions and billions!

  15. StarVapor says:

    The real elephant in the room of un-considered possibilities could soon be arriving in the form of real uncontrollable havoc that could likely occur when a hurricane enters the gulf and swirls the floating surface oil up into the storm’s atmospheric maelstrom spreading it along with the winds and rain throughout an inland path.
    Surface oil could also ride atop the storm’s surge of seawater water over the beaches and further up the estuaries.
    High voltage electrical lines shorting, sparking and arcing, igniting transformers…anything the rain can touch, everything in sight, oil-slicked people, roadways, cars, homes, schools, businesses, hospitals, airports, landscapes and vegetation covered in an oily film, etc. are only a fragment of the possibilities.

  16. Negentropy says:

    Maybe it is because their Gov says it ‘s not that big of a deal (at least while it it is still only happening to other states)…
    BARBOUR: “The truth is,” he said, “we have had virtually no oil. If you were on the Mississippi Gulf coast anytime in the last 48 days you didn’t see any oil at all. We have had a few tar balls but we have had tar balls every year, as a natural product of the Gulf of Mexico. 250,000 to 750,000 barrels of oil seep into the Gulf of Mexico through the floor every year. So, tar balls are no big deal. In fact, I read that Pensacola or the Florida beaches when they have tar balls yesterday didn’t even close. They just sent people out to pick them up and throw them in the bag.”

  17. J Brill says:

    Mississipi and Lousiana got in bed with big oil and they are reaping what they sowed. Florida I feel bad for. They haven’t been getting oil royalties. Florida should sue Louisiana for damages.

    The public should know that they will not get the truth from officials. Unless people are dropping dead on the beach, they’ll have TV ads telling people it’s perfectly fine and the fishing is great. Why are potential tourists treated like total morons?