May 20th, 2010
03:47 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Gulf oil spill

Here's a gallery of the best photos this week highlighting the Gulf oil leak's affect on the southern coast of the United States.

We'll have more on the Gulf oil disaster tonight on AC360° at 10pm ET.

MAY 19: This is a US Coast Guard image of controlled oil burns in the Gulf of Mexico.

MAY 19: A Greenpeace campainer collects oil samples of oil near Venice, Louisiana.

MAY 19: A crab is covered in oil near Venice, Louisiana.

MAY 19: A large amount of oil is seen in a bayou near Venice, Louisiana.

MAY 19: The heaviest oil on land to date in Louisiana following the oil spill in the Gulf.

MAY 17: NASA photo shows the Gulf oil slick.

MAY 17: Paul Horsman, a marine biologist with Greenpeace, displays oil collected near the Mississippi River.

MAY 17: This beach near the mouth of the Mississippi River is coated in oil.

MAY 15: Veterinarians clean up a brown pelican that was found covered in oil near Grand Isle.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Sean Riley

    that would noy work because the spark will ignite the oil then it would be to hot to get even close enough to get a picture

    May 29, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  2. Kenneth Sims

    Drill shaft next to leaking shaft down several hundred feet. Send explosive device down the shaft and detinate.
    This explosion would shear off leaking shaft and stop oil
    spill. I think this second shaft should have been in place befor
    the spill started to back up the shut off device.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  3. Kirsten Verdi, San Antonio, TX

    This is so sad and leaves me speechless ;(

    May 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  4. belle

    richest oil company in the world !
    but the least brilliant when it comes to having a plan B !!!
    tx for ruining OUR planet!!

    May 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm |
  5. jim elliot

    BP and the Coast Guard are promoting the burning, but they are doind less than they could.
    According to the Deep Water Horizon Response folks, they only have 1000' of boom deployed, while they have 2600' on shore and not in use.
    If burning works, why are they not doing more of it?

    The burn booms were prominently displayed behind senators asking questons, but the fact is they might look good, but they are virtually insignificant in addressing the problem.

    According to authorities, 7x the aomount of burn booms in operation could have eliminated up to 90% of the (estimated) oil from the well blowout. Why is so littel burn boom deployed?

    An issue might be that burning oil look really bad.

    Another issue is that if oil is dipersed 5000' down, it will never be burnable.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  6. mikethebikeguy

    America is still a superpower isn't it? We could and should sieze full control of BP and its assets, for crimes against humanity and nature. Lets not forget, this is happening on our coast. This leaves me to wonder, who is really running things. It's time for America to be strong again and show the world we will protect our enviroment and our home. Want to be President, now is the time.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  7. Aaron

    we really need to do something fast!

    May 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  8. The Destructionist

    While watching the latest news about the BP Oil spill, a frightening thought came to mind: what if we can’t stop the oil? I mean, what happens if after all the measures to cap the pipe fail, (i.e., “Top Hat”, “Small Hat” and “Top Kill”). What then? An accident this problematic is new territory for BP. The oil pipeline is nearly a mile down on the ocean floor, accessible only by robots. Add on top of that the extreme pressure at which the oil is flowing out of the pipeline and there you have it: the perfect storm.

    Moreover, scientists also claim that they’ve found an enormous plume of oil floating just under the surface of the ocean measuring approximately 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick. (I’m no math genius, but I bet one of you reading this could figure out just how many barrels of oil that is…)

    There are new estimates that the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico is anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 barrels of oil a day: that’s a far cry from BP’s estimated 5,000 barrels a day. If BP’s estimates are correct, the total amount of oil now in the Gulf would be approximately 150,000 barrels (or 6,300,000 gallons). That’s barely enough to fill 286 swimming pools: sixteen feet, by thirty-two feet, by eight and a half feet deep. That wouldn’t cover an area the size of New York City, let alone an area the size of Delaware. Obviously, the spill is much larger than we are being led to believe. If the leak can’t be stopped, in a year’s time, we’ll have roughly 18,250,000 barrels of oil (or 766,500,000 gallons) in our oceans, killing our marine and animal wildlife. Such a calamity would be environmentally and economically disastrous. Pray that BP and our government work fast to end this catastrophe.

    May 20, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  9. Denise

    It's sad and disgusting what BP has done to our beautiful southern coastline.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:25 pm |

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