Captured:The Gulf Oil Spill
May 20, 2010 1 Comment
The Deepwater Horizon rig burns as oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana’s tip on April 21, 2010. The day before, contractors from Halliburton Energy Services Inc. had finished cementing the well’s pipes nearly 5,000 feet below the water’s surface. Workers were busy setting a second seal at the well head, one of the last steps before the rig could move off, and the exploration well _ in an area of the Gulf known as Mississippi Canyon Block 252 _ could make the transition to a production well. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Mississippi River water (L) meets sea water and an oil slick that has passed inside the protective barrier formed by the Chandeleur Islands, as cleanup operations continue for the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster off Louisiana, on May 7, 2010. The Gulf of Mexico oil slick threatens the fragile US coast, causing clean-up efforts to focus on the best of a bad set of options: fight it there before it arrives here. An army of workers hired by British Petroleum, along with the US Coast Guard and local officials in Louisiana, have rushed to set out protective booms, spread dispersants and burn the oil when they can as it moves toward the shore. The strategy is to deal with the growing slick as much as possible before it laps into wetlands on Louisiana’s coast, where its effects could be catastrophic and cleaning it is infinitely more difficult if not impossible.
Oil spewing from a blown-out well into the Gulf of Mexico during a fly over with Tony Hayward, chief executive of BP, May, 6, 2010. Crews prepared to lower a 100-ton box they hoped would cut off most of the crude, the urgency of their task underscored by oil that started washing up on delicate barrier islands.