Feds: No Digging For Oil, or Sand Castles, on Florida Beaches Feds: No Digging For Oil, or Sand Castles, on Florida Beaches
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Feds: No Digging For Oil, or Sand Castles, on Florida Beaches

by Ben Jervey

September 25, 2010

You've probably read some of the stories about BP and the feds trying to stop reporters from digging into the Gulf Coast oil spill. Now it seems they're taking it literally.

The park's superintendent later told Thomas that there was some confusion, and that all beach-goers are welcome to bring shovels and build sandcastles at the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

Even so, after all of this, there isn't a good answer to Thomas' original question: Why are there fancy, efficient machines that can clean the beaches down to 18 inches deep sitting idle on the sidelines while BP workers are only allowed to dig down to six inches with hand spades?

Photo (cc) by Flickr user Simon Cocks

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Feds: No Digging For Oil, or Sand Castles, on Florida Beaches