The manager of the Hillsboro County Emergency Management Operations, Larry Gispert, told Fox 13 News that there are no plans for evacuations in the Tampa Bay area. Gispert said, “Well, we’re the ones who would do the evacuation and I’m here to tell you I’m not secretly doing anything.”
Scientists have found “astonishingly high” levels of toxins in the Gulf of Mexico. Reuters reports, “As much as 1 million times the normal level of methane gas has been found in some regions near the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, enough to potentially deplete oxygen and create a dead zone. Texas A&M University oceanography professor John Kessler and a crew of 12 scientists found concentrations that were 100,000 times higher than normal.”
According to Mobile Bay Keeper. org, “The truth is that what we have out in the Gulf of Mexico is a “toxic soup” of oil, methane, benzene, hydrogen sulfide, other toxic gases and very poisonous chemical dispersants such as Corexit 9500.”
WWLTV in Louisiana reports, “Wilma Subra, a chemist who heads up a lab and environmental consulting firm in New Iberia, said the numbers she’s been analyzing give her pause. She said, “They’re there at a little over the levels that you would expect to start getting those health impacts.” She added, “That is of concern and that people should understand what is there, and understand if they start getting the health impacts, they should take precautions to move out of the area.”
It may be comforting for some people to hear that Gispert is confident Hillsboro residents will be spared health risks from the Gulf oil spill disaster that would require evacuation planning, per his statement above.
Hernando County is also confident that there has been no increased threats to local residents. As of this date, the County’s Website Updated with Latest Information on Oil Spill has not changed since June 8, 2010.
The Gulf oil spill has continued to flow since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20, 2010.
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