The U.S. government is still trying to wrap its head around the scope of the damage done (and still being done) by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll be dealing with this for years to come.
In the meantime, yesterday the U.S. Department of Energy released a numbing series of photos of the final moments of the Deepwater Horizon rig. The explosion and fire on Deepwater Horizon occurred on 20 April 2010. These photos were taken two days alter as it listed and sank in 5,000 feet of water. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead.
Oil is still leaking from the Deepwater Horizon’s well to the tune of at least 5,000 barrels a day, the slick will soon reach the shores of Gulf states, and dead marine life is washing ashore.
I can’t help but recall my childhood on the Gulf coast of southern Florida: literally days and days spent on the beach. I was particularly fond of evening walks on the beach in the winter: wearing one of our few sweatshirts, a breathtaking sunset, and dolphins swimming just offshore. I hope I’m not the last generation to experience this.
Image provided courtesy of the U.S. Department of Energy.