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Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Disaster In The Gulf Of Mexico

Posted on: June 19, 2010

Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Disaster In The Gulf Of Mexico

It has been extremely saddening to watch the news regarding the BP Oil Spill that is now claiming so much marine life. It’s emotionally devastating to watch the dolphins swimming near the shoreline, sticking their heads out of the water helplessly. So many dolphins, turtles, birds and fish have died due to this oil spill and I find it so very, very sad.

Here is a dolphin background I made. Click thumbnail to enlarge:

A Prayer Of Light For Our Marine Friends

A Prayer Of Light For Our Marine Friends

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that is now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history. Some estimates placed it by late May or early June, 2010, as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others.

The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1,500,000 to 2,500,000 US gallons; 5,600 to 9,500 cubic metres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain due to the difficulty of installing measurement devices at that depth and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions. Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not visible at the surface.

Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident, and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill. (Wikipedia Reference)

Here is another image I made. Click thumbnail to enlarge:

Like Your Sardines Packed In Oil

Like Your Sardines Packed In Oil?

We send our prayers to those affected by the BP Oil Spill disaster: To the people, to the wildlife and to the marine life.

1 Response to "Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Disaster In The Gulf Of Mexico"

A few months ago Tony Hayward was a shining light in the energy industry, and now he is the face of the oil spill. He repeatedly disgraced BP, now he gives up the job as the chief crisis manager in the Gulf of Mexico. Now it is to judge the new manager Dudley. Well that’s all public relations, the oil will be stopped by no mm.

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