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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

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Louisiana’s Wildlife Refuges Before the BP Oil Assault

Posted by Laurie Frost on May 25, 2010

Deepwater Horizon 24Hr Trajectory Map Icon 2010-05-24-2000A good source of information about the areas in Louisiana where the BP oil spill has reached is the US Fish and Wildlife Service [FWS]. They have links to NOAA’s Emergency Response pages, which include PDF maps released daily showing the spread of the spill. To the right is a photo of one of these, not much use in itself, but if you go to this NOAA page, you’ll be able to download the PDF. There are some pictures at these sites of what is happening, but what I have today are images of what is being lost at a few of the 32 refuges FWS manages. 

The brown pelicans of Breton Refuge suffered from the natural disasters of Tropical Storm Arlene and Hurricane Katrina in 2005; what progress had been made in re-establishing their populations will likely be entirely lost by this manmade disaster.

Young brown pelican in nest. Breton National Wildlife Refuge. FWS photo by Donna Dewhurst. Item ID SL-03554

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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)

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