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Oil Beach report

It's been over three years since the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.
The 2010 spill spewed millions of gallons of oil into the gulf after an explosion and fire that killed 11 workers.
   
Last summer BP stopped actively cleaning up what they believe is oil from the Deepwater Disaster.
   
But people are still reporting tar balls washing ashore.
What some environmental specialists are doing about it.

Kalie Desimone- nearly four years later...
They are up and out at the beach with the sun.

Dominic Marcanio- Environmental Specialist
"Depending on what time of the year, we find them in the water just off the shore or on the beach in the lower part of the beach."

Dominic Marcanio and Joey Whibbs are Environmental Specialists with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

They sift through miles and miles of shore line in Escambia and 5 other counties in Florida searching for surface residue balls- more commonly known as tar balls.

Joey Whibbs- Environmental Specialist
"Being a local to the area, I do feel some emotion when I see it."
Since June of 2013 which was the end of the active Deepwater Horizon response in Florida, more than 29,000 tar balls have been documented and removed from Florida's beaches.

Dominic Marcanio- Environmental Specialist
"We focus most of our efforts on the water in what we call the swash zone, where the waves break on the shore. That's where we will find the tar balls rolling around."

On an average survey day, the team covers less than a mile but may find dozens of tar balls that can range in size. Some are as small as a pea others can be larger than an apple.

Dominic Marcanio- Environmental Specialist
"If we find a significant amount, the Coast Guard and BP have systems set up to where they can deploy a clean up crew."

But this two man crew does the majority of the work. They  endure long hours, 5 days a week., maintaining a strong dedication to the cause despite the scope of the problem.

Joey Whibbs- Environmental Specialist
"It doesn't seem that we are putting too much of a dent in it. But it's anyones guess as to how long we will see this material."

No matter how long it takes, these men say they feel a sense of pride in the work that they do. It's their way of curing the still visible scars of the spill.

"Our beaches are beautiful, dynamic and resilient. But it is important to keep our eyes on it and preserve it for future generations."
   
Kalie Desimone-
Should you come across something that you think looks like a tar ball you should contact the National Response Center.