Tuesday, May 8, 2012

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill devastated endangered sea turtle population

Just two years after a rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing untold amounts of crude oil into the water's fragile ecosystem, new images are redefining the devastation.

The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace released new photographs of oil-slicked turtles today, many dead and injured, after obtaining them from a Freedom of Information request they filed two years ago.

Greenpeace says the disturbing images are a reminder of the sheer havoc the incident wrought upon the environment - and how much more work needs to be done to save the area's marine life.

'These images of dead sea turtles, completely covered in oil, present a very different picture than what we were told by U.S. officials,' said John Hocevar, a marine biologist with Greenpeace.

The April 20, 2010, explosion at BP's Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers, injured 17 more and caused nearly 50,000 barrels of oil per day to spew into the gulf. Read More