Gulf Beach Closings - Updated List of 2,200 Beaches Impacted by Gulf Oil Spill
Gulf beach closings, warnings and health advisories are being posted from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Beaches in this area, as a result of the Deep Water Oil Spill were closed or slapped with health warnings nearly 10 times more often this summer than the Summer of 2009 because of oil and health concerns.
Yahoo! News provides us with more information on this environmental tragedy:
While many beaches were spared, more than 2,200 closings, health advisories or notices were issued by state or local authorities through Tuesday because of oil from the nearly three-month-long spill. That compared with 237 closings and advisories in the same period last year, mainly due to bacteria or viruses in the water, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council's annual survey of beach water quality.
The NRDC report said the oil spill affected 49 of 253 beach segments it monitors in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida. Texas beaches haven't had any advisories or closings so far.