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A Week at the B[P]each, Featuring an Oiled Pelican, Tarballs, Contaminated Sand

Posted by Laurie Frost on August 12, 2010

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.

100810-G-2719B-001 - Oiled pelican recovered on Raccoon Island

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

100809-G-6458F-002-Deepwater Horizon Response sand washer operations

GRAND ISLE, La. – A worker uses a front end loader to move contaminated sand from a pile on the beach to the sand washer machine for cleaning, Aug. 9, 2010. As of midnight Aug. 8, 2010, approximately 1,046 tons of sand had been washed. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis. 100809-G-6458F-002

100808-G-6464J-053

GRAND ISLE, La. – Members of the 2225th Multi-Role Bridge Company, U.S. Army National Guard, based out of Marrero and Slidell, La., take on oiled material aboard an Improved Ribbon Bridge at Grand Terre 2, Grand Isle, La., August 8, 2010. The oiled material will be brought to Grand Isle where it will be deposited at a decontamination site. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Seth Johnson. 100808-G-6464J-053

100807-G-6458F-001-Deepwater Horizon Response oiled beach Port F

PORT FOURCHON, La. – Newly deposited oil is discovered on the beach in Port Fourchon Aug. 7, 2010 by shoreline contamination assesment teams. Beach cleanup crews were immediatley dispatched to recover the oil to prevent it washing back out to sea and being redepoisted on the beach in the form of tarballs. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis. 100807-G-6458F-001

100731-G-0450H-037 - Response workers continue to clean oil off

MOBILE, Ala. – Frank Minter, an oil recovery technician, sifts tarballs found along the beaches in Pass Christian, Miss., July 31, 2010. Responders sift recovered product to ensure they do not remove excess sand from the beach. Workers continue to respond to reports of oiled beaches due to the Deewater Horizon oil spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandyn Hill. 100731-G-0450H-037

100731-G-2719B-001 Beach cleanup crews on Ship Island, Miss.

PASS CHRISTIAN, Miss. – Beach cleanup crews take a rest during oil recovery operations on Ship Island, Miss., July 31, 2010. The members of the party toiled in the summer heat as part of the ongoing restoration of the Gulf Coast resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nathan W. Bradshaw. 100731-G-2719B-001

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