I worked Sat. and Sun. of last week and was not put back to work until this passed Sat. Most oil workers are on 3 day one week 4 day the following week rotations. Some workers are sill working 7 days a week. We still have workers that are out of town and receiving housing and per Diem.( even though they were suppose to eliminate non county workers)
The boom that was on the water was taken away by the time I went back out Sat. Aug. 14th because they were not seeing oil on the surface. I work on the area by the lodge and camping ground, the inlet in that area actually goes out to the Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens. Yesterday there were small boats skimming the inlet area for oil on top. I watched as the personnel on the boats placed the pompom boom down, a little 4 foot strip yesterday, not sure when they will re check it but it will turn black catching the oil. It was already turning a darkish black brown from the oil when we were there. My team picked up over 100 bags weighing 20 pounds each, within a 2 hr period, there were approximately 13 of us in our area. It was all tar consistency in the water, in the shore line. We are not allowed to go any further than ankle deep.
I worked this Saturday and Sunday on the Naval Base of Pensacola, Fl. Sad to report there is tar ball oil buried in the soft sand and on top ( the area I have been working is near the navy Lodge), and in the water. They had two boom in place holding oil sheen however with tides going in and out, the oil was getting out. There were shrimping boats out in the distant where we were cleaning up. Any kind of fishing does not seem appropriate at this time in the ocean.
I”m trying to work in Pensacola cleaning up the oil! I have been on stand-by this week. BP has made cut backs on oil clean up workers. I signed up with a company.. P3 Construction who is under ERG”s(Emergency Response Group) umbrella. For anyone working along the Gulf Coast, I welcome any input about how the oil situation is around Pensacola( Fort Pickens, Perdido, Navarre, Pensacola Beach, NAS Pensacola ,or in neighboring states).
I heard from workers this morning that there is oil on most of the locations in Pensacola. I am astounded that they are trying to imply it is all gone. Capping the oil does not eliminate the millions of gallons that is in the ocean. Check to see the aftermath or repercussions of previous oil spills and check their status today.
I reside in Pensacola, Florida, in Escambia County. I was sent to work in Bay County, in Panama City because there was nothing at the time in Pensacola for me. Now it seems counties are fighting to have county residents working in their perspective counties. Not sure how true or what actions will be taken , so I am proactively searching in Pensacola to find me a contractor to work for. I’m trying to keep a running tally of contractors and Staffing Agencies in Pensacola. If anyone comes across more information I would appreciate the input!
O’Briens Response Management
P2s, (Escarosa Center was taking applications for them currently on freeze)
Eagle SWS, Mid West Environmental Services Inc., Southern Cat,
When We left Sicily, My father chose orders to Spain. google maps/ earth This is where my mother is from, and I had a blast with extended family and senior classmates (attended 12th grade in Spain). I graduated from high school, worked and continued school. I decided to test the waters of independence, and moved to the US, Jacksonville, Florida where I was roommates with my friend Danny. My dad had a friend from Spain who lived in Jacksonville as well, Nick (his family, Peggy,Robin and Jeff ) they became my extended family. They were an enormous support group, and my 2nd friends. I met a handful of incredible people in Jacksonville and through my travels. I ended up living in the Riverside area of Jacksonville for a good amount of years. My last residence was here. I ate at Biscottis their (website)a lot, it was right around the corner from me.
My Dad had chosen orders to Sigonella Sicily again. I attended grades (9-11) at Stephen Decatur High School. This time when we arrived we stayed at the Hotel Bonaccorsi we stayed there for a little while while we attended school. After about 6 months we moved to a town called Motta. After about a year and a half, we eventually moved to Naval Housing which was across the street from the Naval base I. It was beautiful country and a beautiful experience for a teenager. This was my family’s 2nd tour in Sicily.
For those of you with Staff Agency experience you understand the duplicity involved. There seems to be a lot of multiple charges for each oil spill worker, the head count, man count, seems to be very important. Why are the contractors subbing out to sub contractors and each charging for the same group within their assigned(hired) oil spill workers? Shouldn’t one contractor charge as appose to multiples for the same people? It seems the oil spill worker walks away with the least compensation. Is it administrative, the food, the hotels? Hotels were being provided if you were out of town. There is two meals provided to the workers everyday( breakfast and lunch) and fresh fruit. ( Well it depends on your shift and the meals may be different) Who pays for the food and beverage vendors? There is also plenty of water and powerade provided as well. There is trash and a lot of plastic bottles that are discarded as a result, I hope the plastic is being recycled!
Who and where is the allocation for the bids on the contracts of the Gulf Coast? The Gulf Coast is being sold off in sections for the clean up, each contractor gets a region or section on the shoreline, I’m not sure how it works in the water, however, I’m sure it is the same.
I simply want transparency, it always seems in Emergency Disaster times corruption peaks its ugly head!
If you are a worker, concerned citizen, who ever, I would love to hear from you!
I just returned from Panama City Beach, Florida working on the shorelines. I was away for three weeks unable to blog. I do not tote my laptop because I like to travel light. There is such misinformation between workers, contractors, sub contractors and staffing agencies, and the public! There is an astronomical amount of oil in the water right now and it is going to reach the shorelines of the Gulf Coast, on a more consistent bases. The weather and wind play a big part of where the tar balls appear, however the oil slick is a whole other animal, and I fear what will transpire during hurricane season.
I was employed by a Staffing Agency(Command Center) and sub contracted out to Anderson Pollution Control, Inc. , and First Response Inc., if that explains a cluster of money dispersed everywhere!
I want the oil out of the water and off the beaches period! There seems to be more of a concern to get the 21 billion then to allocate it and use it properly. I have been a Pensacola, Florida resident for some years, I’ve always recognized and appreciated the beautiful beaches here, and now I get to witness at first hand this unfortunate environmental death.
If you have questions or insight please share, knowledge is power.
There have been a significant amount of oil spills in our oceans, some that were not reported. There should already be a red alert manual on hand for immediate response to ocean protection during an oil spill. There are a sum of things that are not right.
I decided to take a HAZWOPER certification class to get informed and to clean up the oil! I took the 40 hr class over the weekend Fri, Sat and Sunday and then I was sent to Panama City Monday June 21st thru Sunday June 27th to clean up the tar balls that are slowly hitting there.
I currently reside n Pensacola Florida and I am waiting to be sent to clean up the oil here. It seems that from New Orleans all the way to Panama City, Fl there is a lot of un-organization.
Then my family and I moved to Pensacola, Florida. I attended middle school, grades(6-8). The US is very wide and spread open, in Europe roads are smaller, walking was very common in Europe, however in the States you need a vehicle 80% of the time to go places. I have vague memories of this time period, but I have a memory of when we were in New Orleans and I had grits for the first time. I feel that Florida has one of the prettiest white sand beaches. I remember, and this was back in the early 80’s, that alcohol and smoking was still an issue for kids in the states. ( kids want to try the unknown of alcohol and smoking, however those things are escapes that are a temporary, empty numbness, and can be life threatening to ones health) I had a significant incident during grade (6-8) that impacted and altered who I was. I remember the American television being different from Spain or Sicily, more channels and longer hours of TV broadcasting.