When our news team walked
every mile of Alabama's coast last month, we didn't find many tarballs.
Most were around the
National Wildlife Refuge. We also caught
up with some BP contractors -- cleaning up an oil mat that washed ashore at a
popular resort. Seeing contractors
merely patrolling the beach will be a thing of the past. Now if you see tarballs people should contact
the National Response Center. They'll
send the Coast Guard to investigate and then BP would clean it up if its determined
that stuff comes from Deepwater Horizon.
Former reporter Ben Raines covered the oil disaster for the Press Register
for the last three years.
"We've got so many people
who walk the beach, all the citizens of Alabama, if they call the National
Response Center BP's going to have to come pick it up," says Raines. During my walk in the wildlife refuge I found
a tarball every ten paces--but if you weren't looking for oil you probably
wouldn't see it.
Orange Beach mayor and
frequent BP critic Tony Kennon he's not worried about this transition but they
haven't faced a real oil test yet.
"If we see a storm issue
that creates a significant landfall of tarballs then we'll see how they respond,"