BP Gulf oil disaster photos, videos


From the USA: 7 Long-Term Effects Of The Gulf Oil Spill (PHOTOS): here. See also here.

The 7 Stupidest Statements Made About the BP Gulf Oil Spill: here.

A common spin in the right wing coverage of BP’s oil spill is that the gulf blowout is Obama’s Katrina. In truth, culpability for this disaster can be laid at the Bush administration’s doorstep: here.

This is a Mark Fiore satirical animation on the oil spill. It says about itself:

Lifestyles of the Rich & Fossil-Fueled

30 June 2010

See the latest in riches and oil entertainment. What happens when you combine BP and JP Morgan with bailouts and oil spills? Tune in to see what Tony Hayward has been up to.

Three weeks before the massive Gulf oil rig explosion, U.S Coast Guard officials led an elaborate exercise in which they practiced their response to a major oil spill – one of four dry runs over the past decade that foreshadowed many of the weaknesses in coordination, communication, expertise and technology that are now hampering the federal response to the oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: here.

4 thoughts on “BP Gulf oil disaster photos, videos

  1. The BP oil spill is on pace to be worse than Exxon Valdez, pumping 5,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf each day. This is an event with a terrible impact on marine habitats and creatures – and the people and coastal businesses relying on those waters.

    A healthy planet includes healthy oceans, free from the threat of oil spills. We need to stop dangerous ocean oil drilling. Sign the petition to end new offshore drilling now.

    Bob Fertik
    Oceana

    Dear Activist,

    Take Action to Stop Offshore Drilling

    Offshore drilling will NEVER be safe. Sign the petition to ban new offshore drilling now.

    The oil spill in the Gulf is all over the news.

    Right now, it is on pace to be worse than the Exxon Valdez and is pumping at least 5,000 barrels of oil a day – that’s over 200,000 gallons – into the biologically diverse and commercially productive Gulf of Mexico.

    As the massive oil spill continues to grow, it exposes the dangers of offshore drilling. We need to send a message to President Obama and your Senators to ban new offshore drilling and support clean energy alternatives.

    Sign the petition to Stop the Drilling »

    It has never been more clear that offshore oil and gas production is a dirty and dangerous business and that our ability to prevent and contain spills has not kept pace with our ability to access oil below ocean waters. Drilling is not safe and alternatives such as offshore wind power can provide more jobs and help solve climate change while never spilling.

    Send a clear message to President Obama and your Senators that you demand a clean energy future that breaks our dependence on oil and stops the drilling.

    Please sign the petition to Stop The Drilling »

    Jackie SavitzFor the oceans,
    Jackie Savitz
    Senior Campaign Director, Pollution Campaigns
    Oceana

    PS. At least 400 species of wildlife are threatened by the oil spill in the Gulf. We need to stop the drilling today

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  2. Dear Friend,

    During my continued tour of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, I saw a loggerhead sea turtle surfacing in oily water. I felt ill to my stomach when I saw him struggling, knowing this is only a first glimpse of a long-term ecological disaster.

    Wildlife may suffer from this catastrophe for years to come. History tells us that much. Twenty years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there is oil still buried in the shoreline. Some species, like the sea otter, still haven’t fully recovered. Given the long-term effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, there is little doubt fish and the wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico will be harmed for a long time to come. If the leak can’t be stopped soon, the BP oil spill could be an even bigger disaster.

    National Wildlife Federation is here on the ground in Louisiana, and we urgently need your help to save wildlife. Please give a gift now. Your gift of any amount will make a difference for wildlife here and across the country.

    This may be the greatest environmental disaster in our nation’s history. This is no time to sit on the sidelines. Give what you can now.

    Hundreds of thousands of animals seabirds, sea otters, bald eagles, seals, orcas and countless salmon and herring died in the Alaska spill. We have to do everything we can to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself. There are 400 species at risk here, many threatened or endangered already.

    Join NWF on the frontlines with a donation now. Thank you.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Schweiger
    President & CEO

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  3. Dear Friend,

    I flew over the site of the BP oil spill Saturday, and already, the scale was so massive, it’s hard to even describe. And it’s getting worse every day.

    National Wildlife Federation is here on the ground at the site of this crisis. We’ve mobilized a huge response team — and today you can be part of this URGENT ACTION TEAM and help save wildlife.

    Please, give what you can right now. Your gift will go to help wildlife and support our on-the-ground efforts in the Gulf and across the country.

    Let me tell you a little about a few species in serious danger — but I must warn you, it isn’t for the faint of heart.

    Dolphin Dolphins must come up for air twice every minute. Their potential exposure to the oil is immense and with often tragic results: severe and painful skin infections, internal bleeding, damaged airways and death.

    Brown pelican Birds like the brown pelican land and float on the water frequently and can experience deadly hypothermia when oil destroys the insulating quality of their feathers. When they groom themselves in desperation, they consume the oil, leading to ulcers, kidney and liver damage, anemia and even death.

    Sea turtle Over the weekend 20 sea turtles were found dead in this area. While it has not been confirmed that the deaths were caused by the oil, we do know that the toxic slick can be fatal for these threatened creatures, which have no natural avoidance behavior for oil slicks.

    Our treasured wildlife will be the innocent victims in this terrible crisis. They cannot save themselves — it’s up to us to save them. Give what you can.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Schweiger
    President & CEO

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  4. Dear Friend,

    The battle to stop the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico rages on, despite efforts this weekend to halt its flow. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil continue to ooze into Gulf waters with each passing day. The orange sludge of oil and chemical dispersants have washed up along the shore of coastal Louisiana, and clumps of black tar were found Saturday on Alabama’s Dauphin Island.

    Officially, at least 3.5 million gallons have gushed into the ocean since the oil rig first exploded, but recent satellite data leads some scientists to believe the spill is actually far larger. And 21 days later we still don’t know when it will stop. Please help today.

    So far, two gannets — seabirds that winter in the Gulf — have been found dead, drenched in oil. This wrongly suggests there may not be much damage to wildlife. But in fact, there are likely to be extensive long-term affects to the region’s wildlife. The mile deep spill source and the oil dispersants have put huge quantities of toxic oil directly into the water, rather than on the water surface like many other oil spills.
    The toxic oil is directly mixing with and poisoning
    Gulf waters and the marine organisms living there.
    And that’s why your help is needed now.

    New reports indicate that high wind activity is pushing oil closer and closer to fragile wetlands off the coast of Louisiana. Four National Wildlife Refuges, located in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, are in immediate danger:

    Royal tern Breton Island: Provides
    habitat for 23 species of
    sea birds and 13 species
    of nesting birds, including
    brown pelicans, laughing
    gulls and royal terns.

    Loggerhead sea turtle Bon Secour: Contains
    7,000 acres of habitat for
    over 370 species of
    migratory birds.
    Loggerhead sea turtles
    use the refuge’s beaches
    as nesting sites.

    Brown pelican Grand Bay: The brown pelican can be found in
    this 10,000 acre area
    located in coastal
    Mississippi and Alabama.

    American alligator Delta: Comprised of over
    48,000 acres of marshlands
    and open water. This refuge
    provides sanctuary for wintering waterfowl and
    other species including the
    American alligator and
    Arctic peregrine falcon.

    Oil is still leaking, and wildlife and wild places stand to suffer dire consequences from this tragedy for many years to come. Please help today by donating to NWF’s Gulf Oil Spill Restoration Fund.

    Thank you for your support.

    Sincerely,

    Larry Schweiger
    President & CEO

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