Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Is this what you call 'back to normal?': Day after scientists hail recovery of Gulf Coast, new pictures show the real damage - 20th Apr 2011

These are the shocking images of the long term damage last year's BP oil spill has done to the Gulf coastline.

Coming a day after scientists said Gulf of Mexico surface water was 'almost back to normal', these shots paint a very different picture of how wild life and fauna in the affected zones have fared a year on from the Deep Water Horizon accident.

Only yesterday, more than three dozen scientists graded the Gulf's health a 68 on average, using a 1-to-100 scale. This is just below the 71 grade the same researchers last summer said they would give the ecosystem before the spill.

But despite the optimistic analysis for marine life, the shore line has suffered far more long lasting damage from the cloying oil.

On April 20 last year BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers, spewing 172 million gallons of oil into the surrounding sea.

The resulting fire could not be extinguished and, on 22 April 2010, Deepwater Horizon sank, leaving the well gushing at the sea floor and causing the largest offshore oil spill in United States history. Read More

The Spill In Numbers:

** 4.9million - Number of barrels of oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well

** 6.2million - Number of gallons of oil removed off the Gulf by 830 skimming vessels

** 62,000 - Number of barrels leaking per day when the wellhead broke

** 53,000 - Number of barrels leaking per day when the well was capped on July 15

** $41billion - Amount BP is spending on cleaning up the spill and to cover damages

Note how they do not say how many animals have died and are still Dying from this disaster