The story no longer makes the home page of the New York Times [accessed 11:00 am, 8/12/10] but the devastation of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill continues. These images are from the US Coast Guard’s Deepwater Horizon Response online gallery, as are the captions. Graphics, audio and visual files, and recordings of the investigation hearings are all there for the download.
I’ve highlighted the dates of these pictures to show you what a week at the beach (July 31 to August 10) during the height of the summer season looks like this year. Even my tag list is depressing: oiled pelican, tarballs, oiled beaches, sand washer machine, contaminated sand.
RACCOON ISLAND, La. – Petty Officer 3rd Class Allison Amivisca, a marine science technician and field observer in Cocodrie, La., recovers an oiled pelican from the water near Racoon Island, Aug. 10, 2010. The pelican was then shipped to a bird rehabilitation center in Fort Jackson, La., where it will be treated and rehabilitated for its release back into the wild. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw. 100810-G-2719B-001