For the past month, a horrendous disaster has been taking place in the Gulf of Mexico. The effects on our environment and ecological system will be with us for decades.
It seems that no one knows what to do and those to blame must be held accountable.
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May 20, 2010 – Yesterday, new pictures of the environmental impact from the flood of oil still pouring into the Gulf of Mexico were published, as some researchers continued to dispute BP's estimate of the amount of oil flowing from their ruptured well.
See video and slideshow HERE.
In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and fire on April 20, 2010 that killed eleven workers and oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, only slightly abated by the insertion of a tube to siphon off oil from the broken well.
According to the Associated Press, "Steve Wereley, a mechanical engineer at Purdue University in Indiana, is sticking with his estimate that 3.9 million gallons a day is spewing from two leaks."I don't see any scenario where (BP's) numbers would be accurate," he said at a congressional hearing Wednesday. His estimate of the amount leaked to date, which he calls conservative and says has a margin of error of plus or minus 20 percent, is 126 million gallons -- or more than 11 times the total leaked from the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989. The official estimate is closer to 6 million gallons."
AP also reported, "Another researcher, Timothy Crone of Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, said the latest video suggested a leak of at least 840,000 to 4.2 million gallons a day, though poor video quality made it difficult to come up with an accurate figure."
See the CNN video below as David Mattingly goes along with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal into the state's wetlands and describes the oil he sees, "Oil as thick as chocolate syrup."
Pictures in the slide show that give a graphic look at the worsening conditions in the Louisiana wetlands, come from that trip and Greenpeace sample collection work. Photos of the rescue of a baby Kemp's ridley sea turtle are provided by the Audubon Aquarium.