Wathen of Tuscaloosa, has been investigating environmental complaints for 15 years. He recently documented crews on the beach burying oil with new sand. It happened at Orange Beach, although Wathen suspects it may be happening at beaches all along the coast.
He found his latest work as crews reported to work just after dark on July 3rd, when big lights went up, and heavy equipment moved in. He says he watched as those crews moved sand from big piles and shoved it toward the beach in an effort to cover up oil stains.
He also believes much of the beach being buried are nesting areas for sea turtles. "They are doing it in an attempt to appease the tourists," he says.
Wathen's pictures have been posted on a couple of websites, including a Facebook page maintained by the Florida group 'Save Our Shores.'
This just keeps getting worse and worse! WHO is holding these people accountable? ANYONE?
Answer by mom2twobabes at 8:57 PM on Jul. 6, 2010
Answer by 29again at 7:33 AM on Jul. 7, 2010
I have no words for this horror.
Answer by May-20 at 8:58 PM on Jul. 6, 2010
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Answer by CafeMochaMom1 at 9:04 PM on Jul. 6, 2010
And now you know why the Obama administration has blocked reporters from being down there
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