Beyond Words... The Unprecedented Environmental Disaster in Photos

Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 05/16/2010 - 7:01pm.

In the three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the subsequent massive (and ongoing) oil leak, many attempts have been made to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster. (This is truely heartbreaking... it's enough to make you cry... ~ S.I.A.) - Photo Link

Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date. While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day.

While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster."

Enough to make you cry... 40 photos total

May 12, 2010 - source Boston

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Submitted by SadInAmerica on Sun, 05/16/2010 - 7:01pm.

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Anonymous (not verified) | Tue, 05/18/2010 - 12:43am

Yeah it's bad that it's concentrated like that however you have to realize that despite how "huge" an amount is being said to be released. All the oil that is naturally released all the time in the ocean is far more then this and will be dealt with.

Think about this aswell, they're drilling from a natural oil pocket, well what do you think happens/ has happened when there is an earthquake that creates an opening into one of these pockets?

It disperses on its own and is also dealt with by bacteria.

It's not a great thing but it's not the catastrophe people are making it out to be.

The catastrophe is the negligence of BP which if i'm not mistaken is owned by the queen of england, not doing any maintenance on it's safety mechanisms that would've stopped the whole mess from happening. Not to mention the explosion itself.