From reader Bubba in Alabama:
For a week I have been listening to my neighbors on the coast whine (on Facebook) about the “smell” of oil. I was delighted to get back to my kids there on Friday last, and find nothing of the sort. Of course, on Friday, the gloop hit the beach, literally. Tonight, I am sad to report, it smells like the world’s biggest bar-b-que, covered in lighter fluid. That is the best I can come up with. THis whole town smells like a giant bottle of charcoal lighter fluid was dumped on it, and yes, it does make you sick.
Do readers have other reports from the Gulf? First hand preferred.
Update 2:30 PM: More from Bubba:
Our little town is getting no help at all from BP. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach is getting little more. BP gave each state $25 million, as a down payment on cleanup. Alabama divided it up among the cities affected. Fairhope got $650k. They spent every dime “fucking booming”. $650k covers about 10 miles of shore line. The city hired a contractor to do it all. Our Gov. is pissed. Commander Thad was here this weekend, and he explained to Riley that the estuaries in LA were more important than the tourist areas on the beach – essentially, the beaches are easy to clean up, marshes are not. “FUCK BP” and “FBP” shirts are the fashion craze at the beach right now.