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Last updated 8/31//2010
ISLE, La. -- Damaged containment boom waits to be repaired at the
decontamination station in Grand Isle August 29, 2010. Boom damaged from
storms, vessels, and forklifts are regularly repaired at the facility.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
ISLE, La. -- A Navy salvage vessel is cleaned at the vessel
decontamination station in Grand Isle August 29, 2010. The station
decontaminates boom, vessels and vehicles used in the Deepwater Horizon
response in the Grand Isle area. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer
3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
||GRAND ISLE, La. – Contract workers offload soiled sorbent boom, oily debris and trash from a Vessel of Opportunity at the Grand Isle Decontamination Station, August 29, 2010. Deepwater Horizon Response boom, response vehicles and vessels are all decontaminated at the facility. U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Erik Swanson||
ISLE, La. -- Sorbent boom is piled up on a barge in Barataria Bay,
northeast of Grand Isle, La., August 25, 2010. The boom protects marshes
and sensitive pelican nesting areas in the bay. After the boom is soiled
with oil, it is taken to a decontamination station in Grand Isle. U.S.
Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.
ISLAND, Ala.--Charles Wight, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Joe Festa,
from Millington, Tenn., from the Center for Toxicology and Environmental
Health, conduct sub-surface oil surveillance near Dauphin Island in the
southwestern corner of Mobile Bay, Ala., Aug. 26, 2010.Sub-surface oil
assessment is a critical step in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
response, allowing responders to thoroughly map, track and collect
crucial underwater data.U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd
Class Annie R. B. Elis.
OF MEXICO - The scene of the wellhead at the source of the largest oil
spill response in U.S. history. The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive is
patrolling the area and acting as the search and rescue, as well as the
hurricane guard. That means the vessel will remain on scene in the case
of an emergency to ensure all vessels make it safely out of the area.
Coast Guard photography by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers
OF MEXICO -- Crewmembers monitor the oil skimming set-up aboard CGC
Walnut, a 225-foot sea-going buoy tender based in Honolulu, while CGC
Resolute stands off nearby. The Walnut is skimming oil near the BP oil
spill site after transiting the Panama Canal. Coast Guard photo by Petty
Officer 1st Class John Masson.
La. - A response worker anchors clean boom into the ground around an
oiled marsh using bamboo poles, Monday, July 19, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard
photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Pamela Manns
Tech- Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole DeClark, a Sector San Francisco
reservist, and SK2 Mallory Stonehouse from Coast Guard Sector
Jacksonville, Fla verify ‘T-Cards” against a database at the Incident
Command Post in Mobile Al, in support of the Deepwater Horizon Response.
The T-cards track all 863 coast guard personnel (active, reserve,
civilian and auxiliary) assigned to ICP Mobile. The T-card system
provides a failsafe in the event of a catastrophic failure of the
network. US Coast Guard photo by Dave Silva
||GULF OF MEXICO - The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive patrols the waters near where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank over 90 days ago. The cutter is serving as the search and rescue as well as hurricane guard. This means the cutter will remain on scene in case of an emergency to ensure all vessels make it out safely. Coast Guard photography by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers|
OF MEXICO - A Coast Guard HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station New
Orleans, operating off the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute, passes over the
site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, July 4, 2010. U.S. Coast Guard
photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Masson.
from the Coast Guard Cutter Resolute tie down a Coast Guard HH-65C
Dolphin helicopter while work continues at the Deepwater Horizon spill
site as part of the largest oil spill response in history, July 4, 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class John Masson.
LA-Contractors use improvised mops made of bamboo poles and absorbent
pads to clean up oil in the marsh grass in Terrebonne Bay, La., on
Saturday, July 3, 2010. Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill made
landfall two days ago, and personnel from Branch Terrebonne Parish are
responding with both tested methods and impromptu ingenuity to recover
it. U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Derek W. Richburg.
U.S. Navy MZ-3A Airship is enroute to Gulf Coast and expected to arrive
after July 5 at Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, Ala. The
airship was requested by the U.S. Coast Guard to support Deepwater
Horizon Response operations of the Unified Area Command. The airship
will be used to detect oil, direct skimming vessels, and look for
wildlife that may be threatened by oil. The airship began the flight to
the Gulf Coast last month in Yuma, Ariz. The airship is commercial
A-1-70 series blimp, manufactured by the American Blimp Corporation..
U.S. Navy file photo.
OF MEXCIO-The M/V "A Whale" conducts a test of its oil skimming
capabilities on open water as part of the Deepwater Horizon response
July 4, 2010. The converted tanker ship is being evaluated on the
effectiveness of its untested oil recovery systems. The ship was
recently converted in Lisbon, Portugal in June with the hope that it
could dramatically increase the amount of oil on the surface from the BP
oil spill. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Belson.
|One of two one-ton masses of tarball material recovered south of Perdido Pass, Fla., by the crew of the lift boat Sailfish, a Vessel of Opportunity working on Saturday, June 11, 2010. (Photo-USCG).||BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala. - A line of shrimping boats acting as Vessels of Opportunity (VOOs) return to the port of Bayou La Batre after a shift change on Saturday June 12, 2010.||A sweeping arm system, fitted on a commercial vessel, collects oil. Rigged with this type of skimming technology, the vessel becomes a more effective element in the nation's largest oil spill response and recovery. Photo-USCG.||Two boats, both participants in the Vessels of Opportunity Program, back up stern to stern allowing the oil skimmer to offload bags of oiled sorbent boom collected by the ship in Barataria Bay, Grand Isle June 10, 2010. Photo-USCG.||An oil skimmer, a participant in the Vessels of Opportunity Program, offloads bags of oiled sorbent boom onto a larger vessel in Barataria Bay, Grand Isle, June 10, 2010. Photo-USCG.|
|Workers, contracted by BP, continue clean-up efforts in Grand Isle, La., June 5, 2010. Absorbent and containment boom have been placed throughout the waterways in Grand Isle to prevent oil from washing ashore. (USCG - Photo)||MOBILE BAY, Ala. - Oil is collected in skimming boom attached to the USCG Cutter Cypress May 31, 2010. The cutter has been diverted from its routine duties to help with the response to the oil spill. (USCG -Photo)||
ISLE, La. - Commercial vessels skimming the waters near Grand Isle, La.,
under the direction of the U.S. Coast Guard Buoy Tender Harry Claiborne,
homeported in Galveston, Tx. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA2 Gary Rives.
||MOBILE BAY, Ala. - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cypress, with soiled skimming gear on deck, searches Mobile Bay for oil to skim, June 1, 2010.||
PARISH, La.--Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service prepare to net an oiled pelican in
Barataria Bay, La.,. The pelican was successfully netted and transported
to a facility on Grand Isle, La., for stabilization before being taken
to Fort Jackson Oiled Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Venice, La., for
cleaning. State and federal wildlife agencies are cooperating across the
Gulf Coast to rescue wildlife affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil
|A dragonfly tries to clean itself as it is stuck to marsh grass covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Garden Island Bay on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana near Venice.||Boat captain Preston Morris shows the oil on his hands while collecting surface samples from the marsh of Pass a Loutre, Louisiana.||A young heron sits dying amidst oil splattering underneath mangrove on an island impacted by oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Barataria Bay, along the the coast of Louisiana on Sunday, May 23, 2010.||
gas siphoned from the BP oil leak burns off on the Discover Enterprise.
Ultra-deepwater rigs and other equipment are being assembled at the
site, preparing for a procedure called a "top kill" that BP hopes will
stop the flow of oil from the well.
|A ship maneuvers and sprays water near a rig in heavy surface oil in this aerial view over the Gulf of Mexico May 18, 2010, as oil continues to leak from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. (REUTERS/Daniel Beltra/Greenpeace)|
|Week 5 Photos|
|Groups of out of work fisherman waiting to deploy boom. Severe weather hampers efforts.||Fishing vessel deploying boom.||Gathered concentrated oil burns during a controlled oil fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The USCG, working in partnership with BP, local residents, and other federal agencies, conducted the controlled burn to aid in preventing the spread of oil.||High volume open sea skimmer.|
|Week 4 Photos|
|Containment boom is staged at the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, Thursday, April 29, 2010. As of Friday, April 30, 2010, over 217,000 feet of containment boom is used to help minimize the impact on environmentally sensitive areas.||A boom line floats just off the Mississippi coast, part of the effort to protect wildlife like the two brown pelicans and seagulls on this Gulfport beach Thursday.||A dead Portuguese Man-O-War floats on a blob of oil in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., Tuesday, May 4, 2010.||Oil retention booms lie tangled in the growth near the nests of young brown pelicans on New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, May 4 2010. A few hours later commercial fisherman hired by BP repaired the tangled booms.||Out of work fisherman training to deploy boom.|
|Week 3 Photos|
|Boats work to lay orange oil booms May 4, 2010 around one of the Chandeleur Islands off Louisiana, as the gulf coast is still being threatened by the oil spill from the BP Deepwater Horizon platform disaster.||A shrimp boat is used to place oil containment boom in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., Tuesday, May 4.||A 2006 oil-dispersant-spraying test run by the Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing, currently deployed to the Gulf to support the oil spill recovery effort. (U.S. Air Force file photo)||Fleets of shrimp boats ready to deploy boom.||Out-of-work fishermen hired by BP laid oil booms yesterday in preparation for the spread of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.|
|Week 2 Photos|
|Gulf of Mexico (May 6, 2010) -- A charred fire boom collects oil in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the "in situ burn."||Gulf of Mexico (May 6, 2010) -- Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico.||Two fishing vessels drag an oil boom after trapped oil is set ablaze in the Gulf of Mexico May 6.||Gulf of Mexico (May 6, 2010) -- Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico.||Members of Elastec/American Marine Inc., a marine science engineering company, prepare to deploy a lighting agent on oil contained in a boom, May 5, 2010.|
|Week 1 Photos|
|The Deepwater Horizon oil platform before fire and explosion.||
The off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon burns in the Gulf of Mexico.
||Aerial view of oil platform fire.||Fireboats putting out Deepwater Horizon.||Fireboats putting out Deepwater Horizon.|
|Aerial view of oil platform fire and oil slick.||The Deepwater Horizon rig burns in the Gulf of Mexico.||
image provided by the U.S. Coast Guard Saturday April 24, 2010, shows
oil leaking from the drill pipe of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig
after it sank.
||U.S. Environmental Services' workers move oil containment boom onto a supply boat in Venice, La., April 29, 2010.||Sweet crude oil streaks on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday, as seen from a Florida Air National Guard C-130 airplane several miles from where the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew up and sank off the coast of Louisiana.|