(Latest update: July 15, 2010)
Over the last few weeks, very small quantities of oil product have been reported and cleaned up on Panama City Beach. And, when I say very small quantities, I mean so small that almost no one saw any oil wash up on the shores of Panama City Beach before it was cleaned up by the 700+ beach clean up workers that continue to patrol the beaches. In addition to the 700+ workers that are walking the beaches by day, there are around 250 walking the beaches at night.
As of July 14th, the oil plume was located 130 miles from Panama City Beach. At one point, it was as close as 20 miles off our coast. What this means is that for the next two to three weeks, our beaches are all but totally guaranteed to be oil free. This is great for the summer tourism season. Right now, we are well outside the NOAA 72 hour area of uncertainty.
We are continuing to closely monitor the oil spill situation as it pertains to Panama City Beach. Here are three ways you can keep up with exactly what’s going on here. As new information develops, you’ll find out here first:
- Facebook Page – Facebook.com/pcbdaily
- can update from anywhere, and will post new developments here first. We are constantly monitoring for questions and will do our best to answer.
- Twitter page – Twitter.com/pcbdaily
- If you are on Twitter, you can follow us for recent updates from on the scene. We are constantly monitoring our feed for questions and will do our best to answer.
- YouTube Channel – Youtube.com/pcbdaily
- Twice a week we are producing HD videos of the beach with a brief update on conditions and showing you in high quality video exactly what the conditions are like.
As of July 15th 2010, there is no oil on Panama City Beach’s waters or shoreline, nor has there been any oil reported in Bay County from the Deep Horizon Oil Spill in several weeks.
Here are some quick facts on the Gulf Oil Spill from Deep Horizon:
- There is an estimated 35,000 to 60,000 barrels of oil being discharged daily from the Deep Horizon Oil Well. The “capping stack”, designed to capture greater quantities of oil, was installed on July 12. Additional analysis of the well testing procedure is currently being performed. The next step is a well integrity test, which involves closing one or more of the valves on the new cap for a period of time to allow BP to measure pressures in the well. On July 13 the total oil recovered was approximately 17,060 barrels.
- There are around 1000 contracted workers locally walking the beach daily looking for oil and cleaning up when product is found.
- One of the two relief wells being drilled is currently at a depth of 17,810 feet, while the other’s depth is at 16,000.
If you want live information, we’re at the beach every day.
Each week we are shooting videos of the beach showing the current conditions of the water. Actually, as of the week of June 7th, we are trying to make it to the beach every three days to shoot HD video and every day to do a live streamcast. Here are the places you can find video of the beach. (NOTE: Go to our Facebook page and click the “Like” button to be notified when we are doing live stream casts.)
- Our YouTube page: YouTube.com/pcbdaily
- Our Usteam.tv channel: Ustream.tv/channel/pcbdaily – you can see all the videos we’ve streamed, plus we stream live DAILY at 8:45 am cst
- Our Facebook page: Facebook.com/pcbdaily – you can see live updates and be notified when we are streaming live.
Here is our PCBDaily YouTube channel.
Hit the arrows on the side to scroll through our videos. Most of the recent ones are of the beach and have been taken in the last couple weeks. The latest video will be first.
Below you find a good list of resources. Some of them have been compiled from other posts.
- NOAA’s Deep Horizon Response page – updated daily: click here.
- When you get that page, scroll down and look for: “Current Trajectory Maps“. Below that are the 24, 48, and 72 hour trajectory maps.
- Department of Environmental Protection info on the oil spill ( ** very current info ** )
- Deepwater Horizon’s Official Response website
- NWFL Panhandle Volunteer Beach Rescue Group Facebook page
- Deepwater Horizon Response’s Facebook Page
- News related to incident from USCGNews
- Information on the actual rig that was destroyed.
- Deepwater Horizon’s Wikipedia Page.
- Live webcam – on Regency Towers at the east end of Panama City Beach
- More information on what Bay County is doing about the oil spill
Here are some additional webcam feeds that our friends at Tripsmarter have been kind enough to allow us to link to.
Here are some other recent posts about the oil spill:
Last updated 7/6/2010 2:50 am cst.