BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in Gulf of Mexico - Photo Gallery

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Last updated 8/31//2010

Week 20        
GRAND 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.
 
GRAND 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 GRAND 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.
 
DAUPHIN 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.
 
Week 15        
GULF 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
 
GULF 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.

 
COCODRIE, 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
 
Low 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
Week 12        
GULF 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.
 
Crewmembers 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.
 
COCODRIE, 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.
 
The 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.
 
GULF 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.
 
         
Week 8        
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.
Week 7        
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) GRAND 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. JEFFERSON 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 spill. (USCG-Photo)
 
Week 6        
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. Natural 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. This 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.