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I am shocked and saddened by what I see * warning graphic*

Posted by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM
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In Photos: Haunting images of the gulf oil disaster

Mon May 24, 8:24 pm ET

It's been more than a month since an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig killed 11 people and blew out an undersea well that continues to gush oil into the Gulf of Mexico. In the following weeks, there have been attempts to contain and control the scope of the environmental damage.

But so far none have been successful. Over the weekend, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced he intended to proceed with plans to construct sand booms to protect his state's shoreline - without waiting for federal approval. Meanwhile, engineers for BP are working feverishly to prepare for their "top kill" maneuver, hoping an injection of heavy mud will stop the leak.

Dead sharks and dolphins are washing ashore. Crabs, turtles and birds are being found soaked in oil as the slick sloshes into Louisiana's wetlands. South of New Orleans, chocolate-like globs of oil have shut down the public beach.

Coast Guard officials say the spill's impact now stretches 150 miles.  Some scientists fear the spreading plumes will catch the ocean current to the Florida Keys and up to the eastern seaboard.

Photographers' images, some of them chillingly beautiful, can only begin to hint at the enormity of the disaster.


Shrimp boatsequipped with booms collect oil in Chandeleur Sound, La., on May 5. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


Oil moves past an oil rig, top right, in Chandeleur Sound on May 5. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


An oil-soaked bird struggles against the side of an Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the oil spill off Louisiana on May 9. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


A Portuguese man-of-war is seen from under the oily waterin Chandeleur Sound on May 6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


A dead jellyfish floats amid oil May 6 in the Gulf of Mexico, southwest of the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River on the coast of Louisiana. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)


A Coast Guard plane flies over the Development Driller III oil drilling platform, which was drilling a relief well May 12 at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oilspill. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Risers, the outer casings of oil drill pipes, are seen on the deck of the service vessel Joe Griffin as it prepares to head to Port Fourchon, La., on May 11. (Pool Photo/Gerald Herbert)


An aerial view of the northern Chandeleur barrier islands, 20 miles from the main Louisiana coastline, shows sheens of oil reaching land May 6. (AP Photo/David Quinn)


A pod of bottlenose dolphins swims in the oily water of Chandeleur Sound on May 6.  Five days later, six dead dolphins were found along the Gulf Coast. Officials were investigating oil's role in the deaths. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


An oil-stained cattle egret is seen on the deck of the Joe Griffin supply vessel May 9. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Oil swirls in the Gulf of Mexico currents May 6. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)


Contractors unload oil booms to protect marshlands May 13 in Hopedale, La. (John Moore/Getty Images)


Pelicans fly past a nest of eggs apparently stained with oil on a Louisiana island May 22. The island is home to hundreds of brown pelican nestsas well as terns, gulls and roseated spoonbills. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


A glob of oil thought to be from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexicosits on a reed on a beach in Southwest Pass, La., on May 15. (Reuters/Lee Celano)


A Greenpeace worker collects samples of oil May 19 that washed up along the mouth of the Mississippi Rivernear Venice, La. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


An oil-covered dragonfly, stuck to marsh grass, tries to clean itself May 18 in Garden Island Bay near Venice. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Birds fly over oil on the water April 29 near Breton Sound Island, on the southernmost tip of the Chandeleur Islands. (Reuters/Sean Gardner/Greenpeace/Handout)

by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:51 PM
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by Carin on May. 24, 2010 at 11:54 PM

That's so sad. :(

by Gold Member on May. 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM

Heartbreaking :(

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by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:55 PM

It's so friggin sad!! Makes me want to cry!!

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by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:56 PM
It is terribly sad, that is true. However, I am not shocked. Our society is entirely dependent on oil. When I see these pictures, that is what I see: a society with a crutch that could kill us eventually.
by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:56 PM

It is incredibly sad :(

by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM


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by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM

I haven't listened to the news in a few days so I really had no idea the magnitude of the devistation

by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:58 PM

 It is really really sad :'(

If they don't get this thing plugged up and under control soon, I can only imagine what more is going to happen. The fishermen down there are out of jobs, the wildlife is suffering the worst & will continue to suffer form this spill for the next 10-20 years if not longer...

It really disgusts me & makes me an even bigger advocate for alternative energies.

by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:59 PM

 I hate seeing nature suffer at the hands of man.

by on May. 24, 2010 at 11:59 PM

I'm sitting here in tears. This is such a sad situation. I wish I could help.crying

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