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BP’s Filthy Mess: Public Domain Images of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Posted by Laurie Frost on May 8, 2010

If you are looking for public domain images of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the US Coast Guard’s photo gallery is worth a look. This post’s images, along with their captions, are courtesy of the Coast Guard.

NEW ORLEANS – Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010. A Coast Guard MH-65C dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, while searching for survivors April 21, 2010. Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters responded to rescue the Deepwater Horizon’s 126 person crew. (100421-G-XXXXL- 003  U.S. Coast Guard photo)

PORT FOURCHON, La. – The base of a pollution containment chamber is moved to a construction area at Wild Well Control, Inc. in Port Fourchon, La., April 26, 2010. The chamber will be one of the largest ever built and will be used in an attempt to contain an oil leak related to the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon explosion.(100426-G-8744K-021 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Third Class Patrick Kelley)

VENICE, La. – U.S. Environmental Services’ workers move oil containment boom onto a supply boat in Venice, La., April 29, 2010. Staging areas are being set up along the Gulf Coast to actively identify, target and protect environmentally and economically sensitive areas.  (100429-G-8744K-014  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley)

100506-N-6070S-346-Controlled burn

GULF OF MEXICO — Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the “In-situ burn” to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon. (100506-N-6070S-346 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg)

GULF OF MEXICO — Two fishing vessels drag an oil boom after trapped oil is set ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico May 6, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies are conducting “In-situ burning” to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon. (100506-N-7589W-439 U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class(SW) Jeffery Tilghman Williams) 

HOUMA, La. — The crew of a Basler BT-67 fixed wing aircraft release oil dispersant over an oil discharge from the mobile offshore drilling unit, Deepwater Horizon, off the shore of Louisiana, May 5, 2010. To date, the unified response has dropped 156,364 gallons of oil dispersant on the discharge. (100505-G-7944L-155 U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann)

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