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Gulf oil spill one year later

What is the cost of spilling almost five million barrels of oil into the ocean? How do you measure that cost? In GDP reduction? In lives affected? In environmental impact? And how do you measure the cost when long-term effects are impossible to calculate yet, and when a significant portion of the spilled oil is still unaccounted for? One year since the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded, killing 11 workers, there are measurable effects, and many more unknowns. Collected here are pictures of the disaster, recent images of people affected by the spill, and views of the cleanup. Pictures #4 through #10 show areas of shoreline both immediately after the spill and the same area a year later. Click on the picture to see it change from the 2010 view to the present. [See also: The Big Picture: Oil reaches Louisiana shores, May 24, 2010] This effect requires javascript to be enabled. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)

An oil tar ball washes up on Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, La. April 13. Tar balls and oil are still in abundance on the Louisiana coast a year after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. (Dave Martin/AP)
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106 comments so far...

This seriously sends chills down my spine.

That companies like BP can get away with this, with only a fine.

I'd like to see that CEO clean up some of the crap he caused...

Posted by Jan April 22, 11 12:04 PM

Seeing the eroded coastal wetlands, dead marine life and the people now suffering terrible health effects overwhelms one with anger and grief.
Those responsible among the three companies, who cut corners for the sake of money, have a tremendous karmic bounty on their heads. how do they sleep at night?

Posted by winky April 22, 11 12:05 PM

Pic 23 is very sad...

Posted by Mat April 22, 11 12:16 PM

#36 is a Great Blue Heron.

Posted by Andy Jones April 22, 11 12:25 PM

#36 is amazing, shows a possible sign of hope...
There are no words for the rest....This is horrible.

Posted by Marlon April 22, 11 12:28 PM

#20 Turn off those lights! That's the worst thing for those turtles. And save your praise the conservationists.

Posted by jr April 22, 11 12:28 PM

#20 "early morning prayer" - how ridiculous.

Posted by michel_R April 22, 11 12:34 PM

it is so sad!

Posted by Dmitry April 22, 11 12:51 PM

Make em pay!

Posted by Jonas April 22, 11 01:21 PM

#36 is a great blue heron, not a crane

Posted by adw April 22, 11 01:45 PM

The game was to use massive amounts of dangerous dispersants to make the oil invisible even though they were known to be toxic. Easier to deny responsibility when there's no black sludge than when the oil is visible. We're gamed by corporations in every aspect of our lives. Why we don't wake up I just don't know, surely the almighty job isn't worth living in a dead cesspool.

Posted by Bruce April 22, 11 01:47 PM

... and we still buy fuel from them ...

Posted by btk April 22, 11 01:58 PM

BP says, "I'm sorry."

Posted by Coop April 22, 11 02:02 PM

A very sad anniversary

Posted by Erik van Erne April 22, 11 02:28 PM

How come there are two dates on many of these? Which day was the photograph taken?

Posted by Erin April 22, 11 02:41 PM

BP & other culprit oil companies causing such disasters should be penalized.

The government should take back from them 10% of their gross yearly income (Income & not Profits) for the next 100 years.
These collected funds shouls be earmarked & utilized for the cleanup & compansation for the people who were affected.

Posted by Akshay Arya April 22, 11 02:52 PM

Pretty sad indictment of corporate malfeasance, corrupted regulators and a President who looked like he was taking orders from BP. Shame on us all.

Posted by J. T. Green April 22, 11 03:21 PM

Que triste, destrozamos la tierra

Posted by vquisocala April 22, 11 04:11 PM

It took 8 months to get the Macondo well approved by government regulators. Cape Wind, the first offshore wind farm in the US has been trying to get approval for over 10 years.

Posted by Terry April 22, 11 04:14 PM

#36 is definitely a heron ;-).
But shocking pics although there is hope.

Posted by Nanouk April 22, 11 04:17 PM

What happened to the days of the Feds keeping their foot on the throat of BP until restoration and compensation was 100% complete?

Posted by steve April 22, 11 04:28 PM

#31 is the crane, not #36.

Posted by Doug April 22, 11 04:33 PM

terrible.. nada más que decir..

Posted by Rodrigo April 22, 11 04:58 PM

we can easily see in these pics that if we do some thing thing wrong every one becomes payable for that

Posted by saurabh kumar April 22, 11 05:00 PM

@Erin on comment #15,

There's two dates because you can click on the photo for a before/after view, as it says in the introduction and the captions. Try it.

Posted by Hugh G. Rection April 22, 11 05:17 PM

#36 is a Great Blue Heron, not a crane.

Posted by Anonymous April 22, 11 05:24 PM

@michel_R: non-contributing comment and anger towards just a simple act of prayer - how ridiculous

Save your comments for YouTube man.

Posted by Jonathan April 22, 11 05:33 PM

Commenter # 7 "Dismissive of people who pray". How arrogant!

Posted by Mark G April 22, 11 05:42 PM

How about showing what things look like today? I guess that would be too much to ask.

Posted by Champ April 22, 11 05:43 PM

Very sad images

Posted by Sebastian April 22, 11 06:02 PM

These photographs are a metaphor for the insidious, seeping, and seemingly endless soiling of our country and culture by these corporate robber barons.

Posted by Gary K. April 22, 11 06:11 PM

hope the oil gets so expensive to produce that we will not be able to allow us to use it... oil is 100.000 years of sunshine conserved, we are consuming it in 100 years or so... shame on us.
big dissaster is needed for the people (for the modern world) to realize what are the things we are allowed to do in this short period of Earthts life.... and what are not.

Posted by peter April 22, 11 06:18 PM

Please tell me BP is not let off the hook yet.

Posted by Anonymous April 22, 11 06:45 PM

Hey, look on the bright side: One year later and Tony Hayward has his life back!

Posted by mileslarboy April 22, 11 08:06 PM

What a disingenuous article. Not to pour any scorn on the tragedy that there is still unfolding but you can't, as a journalist, propose an article talking of the gulf a year on then pepper it with emotional pictures of a year ago. It's disingenuous.

Also for those calling again for the heads of people in BOP. Do some research. When the truth outs you'll see that Halliburton, Cameron International and Transocean are the people America are failing to point the finger at.

Posted by ZootCadillac April 22, 11 08:11 PM

Very sad... and a report came out just the other day that BP is doing great in profits this year despite the oil spill... why are people handing BP their money?

Posted by anonymous April 22, 11 08:42 PM

How much did BP save on the valves of its deep pumping stations?

worth the price ?

Posted by mogg April 22, 11 09:10 PM

@27 (Champ) Many of these pictures are from 2011. Several photos are clickable so that you can see the same area in 2010 and 2011. So, they are showing what things look like today...

Posted by Anon April 22, 11 11:51 PM

I don't know whether to feel sad or angry; at this point, it's a mixture of both. Sad that we have to live with the consequences of such a terrible disaster and angry that this even happened; sad that we can't stand up for ourselves and angry at the people who are supposed to be punishing BP for not doing it. Horrible even that is certainly not "in the past." This is still a current issue.

Posted by tj April 23, 11 12:02 AM

Thank you for all of your wonderful and awful (Due to the content, not quality) photos. Between your end-of-the-year round-ups, and this group, I applaud your photographers. Truly compelling stuff.

This gallery makes me ::shudder::

Posted by MikeShubbuck April 23, 11 12:15 AM

Part of me says...ban the buying of ANYTHING from BP....and part of me says they'll need the money to clean up, compared to going 'belly up' (like the animals), to get out of paying to fix the problem! It's a shame, all the lives effected & lost...I feel for the families left and especially for the beautiful wildlife lost...RIP. We also should get the politicians with their hands in the oil company's pockets, out! that keep squashing laws of alternative fuels and power. They don't want 'the people' to be self sufficient... like cars run by hydrogen gas from water , cars which run on compressed air...& the turbine (by chrysler which Jay Leno owns) which runs on any combustible fuel (kerosene, alcohol (of many forms),gas). Also the making of more effecient vehicles in general. And of course Electric cars. Popular Science has articles of these methods and there are plans of engines to run on compressed air available at a site like Free Energy.

Posted by Marlene Metal Queen April 23, 11 12:49 AM

Instead of blaming others for the spill and saying what punishment they should receive, why don't we all take responsibility for what happened. If it weren't for us (the consumer) BP and others of the sort wouldnt even be in business. We like to blame shift but as the saying goes "you have one finger pointed at others but three are still pointing back at you"... Or something of the sort. What happened with the oil spill is no more BP's CEO's fault than it is yours and mine!

Posted by Anonymous April 23, 11 01:17 AM

BP is using the disaster as a $13 billion tax write-off. They might even stand to get a refund from the IRS.
Next time you hear about austerity measure, congress cutting funding for useful programs to the tune of millions because we all need to tighten our belts, think of the big corporations who get out of paying billions of tax dollars into the system.

Posted by Anon E Muss April 23, 11 02:23 AM

Why? Because we LET them, that's why. Fun to comment on these sickening things, but hard to do something about the mess our planet is in. It takes an Apocalypse before anyone wakes up, and then it will be too late.

Posted by Lyn Smith April 23, 11 02:40 AM

BP should have been CLOSED FOREVER...

Posted by Pan April 23, 11 03:26 AM

It's good to see that everything is back to normal, that no permanent damage was done to the biota and the people of the gulf region.

Thanks to bp for the immense effort they make to restore the ecosystem.

Also, thanks to the government for implementing rules and regulations that could prevent things like this from happening again.

Posted by Schmierwurst April 23, 11 06:03 AM

Outrage and disgust.

Posted by JB April 23, 11 06:10 AM

@comment 27: click on many images and a second photo picturing the current state is revealed.

Beautifully illustrated, terrible situation...

Posted by Martijn April 23, 11 06:35 AM

It's funny how people blame BP - BP only owns a percentage of the oil that is extracted out - roughly 50% - that's it, they don't own the rig, nor are they in charge for the insurance or security of the rig.

Also don't forget, that it's the US government that gave these permissions to drill - after supposedly carefully review the capabilities/securities/management of the rig.

Posted by Anonymous April 23, 11 06:43 AM

#16. I can't believe they would use that chemical in the Gulf of Mexico :(

Posted by Max April 23, 11 08:05 AM

Will there be a photo spread like this for the 11 men who died and the impact for their families? I'd like to see that on "The Big Picture"?

Posted by Gordon April 23, 11 08:23 AM

We have to remember this every time we fill our tanks with gas. The nature and other countless innocent lives are paying for our prodigality.

Posted by Gan April 23, 11 08:24 AM


Posted by Nick April 23, 11 09:45 AM

Pictures don't lie, but these are organized and mis-labeled with an agenda.

Consider that BP has pumped $40 billion dollars into Louisiana for compensation claims and cleanup related to the Macondo oil spill in 2010. The oil and gas industries contribute $65 billion to the Louisiana economy annually. Now compare that to the estimated $150 million dollar loss the fishing industry suffered.

Posted by Anonymous April 23, 11 10:47 AM

It seem's very strange to me how, after 9/11 seemingly everyone slapped a "We Will Never Forget" bumper sticker on the back of their car, and supported a newfangled "War on Terror", that has cost our treasury trillions of dollars; but one year after this disaster, the media is long gone, most of America has moved on, and the people of the effected communities are still sick, and struggling to survive. Why can't we find the money to help our fellow Americans? Our Tax Dollar's should be used to support the people whose labor generated them.
It doesn't matter where you stand on the "Political Spectrum"; the concept of "Corporate Personhood" is a shameful affront to our Constitution. I believe that "We The People" need to Demand an Amendment, explicitly prohibiting Corporations from the legal equality they currently receive in the eyes of the law. A Corporation is not a person! It has no natural lifespan; and if it did, then it would be, in effect, a slave to its shareholders, and slavery is illegal!

Posted by Patty O'Star April 23, 11 11:02 AM

This what happens when the controls of large corporations are eased or they are allowed to self regulate. This is the result of greed and bad gov.
All large companies should have a disaster fund for the damage they do and it is set aside each year from the profits for the one affected by the mistakes they make is search of the dollar.

Posted by Buck April 23, 11 11:17 AM

Say whatever you want but you and all those people in the pictures drive vehicles that run on gasoline. The environmental effects of these accidents may be disastrous but you've been a supporter all along.

Posted by дерп гуррдурр April 23, 11 12:03 PM

BP would not be pumping in these waters if such a strong demand did not exist for their product. I am not condoning BP for poor choices, not at all! However, to condemn big oil and big coal without looking internally is short sighted because we are encouraging their actions with our consumptive lifestyle. In Pogo's words, "We have met the enemy and the enemy is us."

Posted by Rick April 23, 11 12:08 PM

US is an oil addicted...
no cure...

Posted by richie April 23, 11 12:14 PM

Absolutely crushing photos. The notion that "most of the oil is gone and/or cleaned up" is nothing short of a brazen lie. The disspersants (also toxic in their own right) simply sunk it to the bottom of the ocean, and pic #33 proves it. "Oil washes up after storms" because it is all sitting on the ocean floor. Granted, it is going to take years for the severely destroyed/depleted shoreline to replenish itself, and one year is not even the tip of the regenerative iceberg.

Keeping the Gulf and its residents in my prayers.

Posted by 617citychick April 23, 11 12:47 PM

Such sad pictures.. Instead of protecting and cherishing nature and animals, we keep on destroying everything..

Posted by Ada, Romania April 23, 11 01:11 PM

What I do not understand at all is that the people of the USA don't flog the likes of BP, Haliburton and so on, and of course the totally corrupt political supporters (mostly GOP I think).

What more do they need to start a revolution against big oil?

Posted by Serious Sam April 23, 11 03:43 PM

Makes think about alternative energy sources...
Te hace pensar acerca de fuentes alternativas de energía...

Posted by vicsar April 23, 11 10:32 PM

@51 Gordon,

See photo number 11.

Posted by Hugh G. Rection April 23, 11 10:50 PM



Posted by 蔡幸明 April 24, 11 12:54 AM

As a disclaimer, I don't know about how vegetation behaves on the coast. With that said, could some of the differences in the pictures be due to the fact that the 2010 pictures were taken in late May and the 2011 pictures were taken in April? Yes an incredible amount of both oil and dispersants were dumped into the gulf and it no doubt had an effect. But a month during the Spring can make things look a lot different.

Posted by Mike April 24, 11 02:29 AM

This could have happened to any number of the multitude of rigs that feed our desire for oil. BP just happened to be the unlucky ones on the day, but I wonder how many others are just as bad; or worse!

Posted by Connor April 24, 11 03:38 AM

it happens...when they want to purchase BP shares cheaper

Posted by ;oij April 24, 11 06:31 AM

It is easy to blame BP and other oil companies, but surely the main cause is our insatiable appetite for black gold.

Some of the blame lies firmly with us, especially within the non 3rd world countries.

Posted by Mark April 24, 11 09:58 AM

It is really a sad state of affairs as to what has happened, and in a way, The Americans should realise that "THEY" cause a lot more suffering across the world, which is far worse than this unfortunate circumstance.

Just to bring things into perspective!!!!

It's always different, when one has to sufferr themselves.

Posted by Juan Ali April 24, 11 10:52 AM

Cat Island isn't in LA it's in MS.
Also remember that gasoline isn't the only thing that comes from oil. Most plastics and many pharmaceuticals are made with petroleum. The impact of the petrochemical industry is huge to every day life.

Posted by Andrew2TheMax April 24, 11 12:15 PM

Of course you're going to have dead dolphins washing up on shore in higher numbers! They are swimming through undersea patches of oil layers that are going to remain for a very long time and think of the fish who have to swim into an underwater pool of oil and attempt to breathe the water through their gills? Are we so stupid that the effects are not apparent? Go ahead and authorize more of this new type of drilling and see where it gets us when a fault line gives away and the whole bunch of these things starts dumping RAW whatever it is into the waters that are supposed to be our lifes bread?I know we're in the deep stuff,I just know it! And backing out and making things right is not going to happen like some yearly greenup event! effort!

Posted by Raymond Clifford April 24, 11 04:11 PM

@51 You already have what you want in #11. You still want more? Geez ...

@57 What's your beef with gasoline? Diesel, kerosene and a million other substances are all based on oil. Why don't you comment on them as well?

Sad to see people clogging up the beach at night for 'prayer vigils,' potentially screwing up countless wildlife with those massive floodlights. Instead of 'praying' they should be doing something useful, like volunteering work or donating to good entities.

Posted by ™ April 24, 11 07:45 PM

What a great country we live in. WE can, and do, clean up our messes.

Mad at BP? Maybe you should look into where the $20B they paid has been spent...doesn't look like the people who needed it, got it.

Maybe the current administration knows something about that....

Posted by RK April 24, 11 07:58 PM

It's more than BP folks. It's a culture of oil. We don't need this nasty deadly stuff to have a good life in paradise.

Don't tell me people can't make a living any other way than working in the business of poison. What if there was a job building and maintaining zinc air batteries for electric vehicles and base storage units to carry through non productive times when the sun doesn't shine. Imagine the millions of jobs to power a whole nation if we used alternatives to the deadly black filth. You could have that in La. It's a new kind of battery that is non toxic and recyclable. We have unlimited zinc...and air. The oil companies just don't want to change.

What if it cost more(even though it don't) and required more people working (even though it wouldn't). Would that be a bad thing? We have seen what taking the easy way gets us, disaster ruination of our most precious things.

We have to begin the fight to take back our nation from the lobbyists who work for the irresponsible profiteers that don’t even pay taxes in America. They just pay the minimum and trash the lives and the environment making their dirty money. We now see what is left in their wake.

Posted by Mike Bartley April 24, 11 09:23 PM

British pirates

Posted by Anonymous April 24, 11 09:54 PM

To #54, I don't know where you get your numbers, but I couldn't find anything online that confirms that. Plus, its not just about the money. The environmental impact is immeasurable. And I agree that the prayer thing is a total waste of time. There is nothing more useless than prayer. Just makes people feel better like they somehow helped. Actions speak way louder than pointless prayers. Those people would have accomplished more in half an hour of cleaning up the beach than any amount of time wasted in prayer.

Posted by John April 24, 11 11:41 PM

I think it's funny that every one here seems to think that it is easy to get oil and gas out of the ground. People make mistakes, and people run companies. bp and companies alike provide us with heat for our homes and gas for our cars. I think It's high time people start realizing that artists and actors provide very little to us in the way of necessity, but the people who run and work in companies like bp make it possible for us to eat. Do you think bp executives enjoy this on a moral level... you are crazy if you do.

Posted by Ryan Plieness April 25, 11 12:23 AM

Just Re-affirms my belief, humans are actually parasites and one day we will destroy this planet. Sad, but the size of our gluttony and greed exceeds the size of this planet and may be the solar system and may be the galaxy ....

Posted by Zak April 25, 11 02:24 AM

I am so sad for that

Posted by Ahmed April 25, 11 02:49 AM

Are human being / american ready to change their way of life ? Are you ready to walk, ride by bicycle, turn off the air-conditionning ? Are you ready to leave your big 4x4 and other hummers and get electrical or hybrid cars ?

When I see your movies and your TV show, I don't think so.
Continue to cry.

Posted by Jeanne April 25, 11 04:15 AM

inadmissible !!!

Posted by séb April 25, 11 05:31 AM

Disgusting and painful! The pictures show how money seeker Industries not only harms and destroys the beauty of NATURE but also humanbeings along with it the helpless birds etc.
The pictures should wake us up to use some other energy beside oil!
I feel like using Swami Vivekanada's saying "ARISE AWAKE, STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED!"

Posted by NANDITA BOSE April 25, 11 07:06 AM

Sad but inevitable and we're all responsible.

Don't worry Earth - we'll be gone soon enough!

Posted by simon April 25, 11 07:37 AM

Thanks British Petroleum. You really stepped up to the plate here, and did the right thing. (sarcasm).

This situation is horrific.

Posted by Chris April 25, 11 09:15 AM

This BP oil spill is an environmental catastrophe. I doubt whether the damage will ever be undone. It is high time that ways and means are found to eliminate man's dependence on oil and nuclear energy.

Posted by Elle Durow April 25, 11 09:46 AM

human beings are the endangered species and don't realize

[God will] bring to ruin those ruining the earth - Revelations 11:18

Posted by Rika April 25, 11 11:05 AM

Photo 20 - an early morning "prayer vigil"...what are they expecting? Perhaps they will have the opportunity to click on photos 4 through 10 to see the awesome power of their God. Every disaster we see photos and comments from people attempting to invoke some sort of supernatural intervention - why? perhaps if magical intervention were possible this never would have happened, or perhaps your god just doesn't care, or perhaps (as this photo would suggest) he's just waiting for you to beg for help. These tragedies need financial aid and dedicated volunteers... 1000 mumbled incantations towards the sky is going to accomplish less than a single individual pulling a handful of oil from the beach.

Posted by oothirteen April 25, 11 12:18 PM

i have no words to explain how terrible is this situation poo animal they are suffering and only because we human dont think about the consequences of our acts, we just do what we think its right without thinking what is right for the environment or for the animals.

Posted by reina trujillo April 25, 11 12:52 PM

The dispersant should have been illegal to use. even though its way messy and suffocates wildlife, oil is natural, floats, comes from the ground and clumps together. The dispersant is an industrial chemical that is going to be sickening/poisoning/killing humans and animals for years to come, made the oil sink to the bottom of the gulf and probably made the mess more difficult to clean up in the long run. Those crooks used the dispersant to sweep the problem under the rug, and our governments let them by not banning the stuff.
Its a shame that the intentional spraying of dispersant not the accidental oil is what is going to kill animals and people. It also opens this whole situation to conspiracy theories.

Posted by Josue April 25, 11 03:15 PM

It's so funny. All these blaming BP. It wasn't just BP. Also this was an accicent. If a plane falls out of the sky, do we stop air travel?
I live here and it's not like it's the end of the world. We'll come back, stronger and better. We've had a harsh winter and a lot of those areas still haven't grown back yet. I'm not saying some of it's not due to the oil, but the salt water & cold weather has hampered much of the spring growth.

Seafood here is great. Buy some. I'm eating it all the time. Remember this happened not far off Grand Isle. There are other places that supply seafood that never was touched. Right now is crawfish season. Buy all you want. The media lied about crawfish being effected. Crawfish live in freshwater and were never in danger.
Also for those that want to go green. That's all fine and dandy. Go, but take the 1st step and get rid of that SUV or any other gas guzzelers. It's the Gov't that is benefiting from all this. Keep in mind the FED Gov't get Royalties on all mineral that come grom the GoM.

Posted by me April 25, 11 05:40 PM

Do some research. Check out what is made from oil and consider not using the products. Then let's have a discussion.

Posted by Docmo April 26, 11 02:52 AM

#23 it looks like the turtle is crying

Posted by Gil April 26, 11 05:34 AM

Picture 23 is very beautiful as very sad. It captures this huge tragedy: the turtle is so beautiful but at the same time it seems it cries because that beauty will be gone forever...

Posted by IT April 26, 11 08:39 AM

ya ok Americans are like blaming BP, but then they all go to BP to fill their pickup trucks. Ironic...

Posted by Rizky April 26, 11 09:55 AM

Funny... how does #10 show land and/or grass before the shot.. and then click... no land? and its suppose to be the "same" spot? hmm... wish someone would tell the real story on how bad it really is or is not!

Posted by Anonymous April 26, 11 11:08 AM

@ 96 - it's a magical phenomenon called "tide". Water pulled by an invisible force know as gravity causes the land to disappear. Or, perhaps you're right and the photographer is part of a malicious conspiracy to fool the viewers of The Big Picture... either that or the tidal level was different when the subsequent photo was taken.

Posted by oothirteen April 26, 11 06:18 PM

this is a world disaster, you can see that the food chain is slowly vanishing, no more dolphins, turtles and so much extinct creatures died....i guess this is what we've got coz we're takin much but not given back to nature itself

Posted by kamilia April 26, 11 11:53 PM

I really hope that everyone that uses fossil fuels, everybody that fills her of his car with gas, thinks about the secondary costs of fossil fuels.

Please people, use a bike, your legs, public transportation or at least use a small car and share your car in order to cut back on enviroment-damaging fossil fuel consumption and spilling.

Because the REAL cause of this disaster is not an oil company, but the people that are depending on their products.

Posted by Christoffel April 27, 11 01:49 AM

I don't buy from BP anymore and I will never buy from them again.
It's all I can do.
In South Africa Shell are now trying to do what they call "fracking" in a sensitive area called the "karoo".
So I've added Shell to BP on my banned list.
If you care you need to speak up as a consumer and the only language these corporate giants understand is MONEY / PROFIT.
Time to speak up - don't use the product and the company will have to change it's attitude.

Posted by Stephen April 27, 11 03:23 AM

y se supone que los humanos somos la obra maestra de la creacion...

Posted by Juan Carlos Posada April 27, 11 09:39 AM

These pics just made me want to cry. So much damage and so many people suffered or are still suffering.

Posted by Abgela April 27, 11 02:45 PM

BP is not the only one to blame: as long as we will drive a SUV to go to the end of the street, will have 4 TV sets per household and will not mind buying packaged food where 50% of the product is actually plastic packaging, we will all kinda be culprits too.

Posted by Tom April 27, 11 03:00 PM

Why is it that pictures of dead/injured animals don't deserve a graphic warning? Images of that nature can be just as upsetting as seeing a bloody, injured human or someone that's been killed.

Posted by Xgirl May 2, 11 01:37 PM

@#96 Louisiana is losing coastal wetlands at an alarming rate. The jaw-dropping statistic that is out there is Louisiana loses 1 football field of land every 38 minutes due to the mismanagement of the Mississippi River. It's the same place in those two pictures... just a very different, grim landscape.

Posted by Dee May 4, 11 05:38 PM

I believe that brown pelicans are an endangered species in the USA but I'm not sure why. As you can see from some of these photos, they have dense and active nesting colonies, even along shoreline fouled by the oil spill. Their nests seem to be full of eggs, too. I realize that many of them have died from the oil slick but not enough to have eliminated their whole population, even in Louisiana and Mississippi.

Everywhere I go on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, I see plenty of them - like several hundred at a time. On the sandbars of the Laguna Madre (between the mainland and Padre Island) in Texas, they are nesting prolifically, so far as I can see.

In South Texas,when the party boats berth and fishermen are cleaning their catch, hundreds of brown pelicans gather to eat the skins, heads, and entrails of fish.

Brown pelicans seem to be the dominant large fish predator bird all along the Gulf shore, outnumbering comorants, large gulls, herons, etc.

Posted by Badger J. Dohnell May 10, 11 05:50 PM
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