A Brown Pelican is mired in heavy oil on the beach at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010

NASA Oil Spill Picture from Satellite Terra on May 24, 2010.
NASA Oil Spill Picture from Satellite Terra on May 24, 2010.

The Facts

Oil spilled so far: 236,000,000 gallons into the Gulf of Mexico as of June 17th, 2010.

Current oil flow rate: 4,200,000 gallons per day. [1]

Projection: 3rd largest oil spill in history. [2]

1 barrel of oil = 42 gallons

Latest Oil Spill News

Oil Spill Update: BP Caps the Well

Oil Landfall Interactive Map (currently a 2 day delay)

Oil Spill Multimedia Collection from New York Times

Relief well has ‘0% chance of working,’ Expert says

Congressional Hearing with BP CEO

Time-Lapse of Oil Spill Satellite Image

Diver’s View of Oil Slick

‘BP Spills Coffee’ Parody of Oil Spill

A parody of the oil spill and attempted fixes so far. Warning: explicit language.

Red Mass of Floating Goo Cascades Towards Gulf Coast

Burning the Oil: Toxic Black Cloud

Bird Covered in Oil from BP Oil Spill in Gulf of Mexico
Bird covered in oil from BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil Spill Hits Grand Isle

A survey of the oil spill near Grand Isle shows massive blobs of dispersed oil washing up. Some sources voice warning against the use of dispersants because they require a large area of ocean to dilute. They are known to create dead zones in non-circulated water and may do so in the marshlands of of the Gulf of Mexico.

Oiled Birds off Louisiana Coast

Marshlands Blacken with Oil

Gulf of Mexico Air Unsafe

Rikki Ott, a marine toxicologist, warns against the dangers of oil vapors. Please help spread the word for oil cleanup crew to take precautions and demand respiratory protection gear!

What happens if BP can’t stop the Deepwater Horizon oil leak from gushing?

The 911 Call Reporting the Spill from BP Agent

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Visualization: "In Deeper Water"

I used to live a block from that shore which, in my lifetime, will never be the same. If you’ve noticed my other posts about the ocean, there’s a reason. We are all far more connected to it than we know. It is the nexus of life on Earth. I only pray that everyone understands the sorrow of this event and realize that this cheap oil you hear about doesn’t exist. God only knows the true price to be paid by our bodies, the planet, and our descendants.

Funding research into alternatives is a good start. Plants have unlocked the secret of solar power and use it produce all of their energy. Our sun is a giant fusion reactor outputting a notable amount of energy.

Interview with a Louisiana Bayou Family

The BP Blues

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