Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Oil in the Gulf, two months later

  Sixty-two days have passed since the initial explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the crude oil and natural gas continue to gush from the seafloor. Re-revised estimates now place the flow rate at up to 60,000 barrels a day - a figure just shy of a worst-case estimate of 100,000 barrels a day made by BP in an internal document recently released by a congressional panel. Louisiana's state treasurer has estimated environmental and economic damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could range from $40 billion to $100 billion. Collected here are recent photographs from the Gulf of Mexico, and of those affected by the continued flow of oil and gas into the ocean.

- The Big Picture

1) Pelicans are released into the wild Sunday June 20, 2010, at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in to the Saint Charles Bay. Nearly 40 pelicans were brought from to the refuge from the Louisiana shores where they had been covered in oil. (AP Photo/The Caller-Times, Steven Alford)

2) Representative Steve Scalise holds up a photo of a pelican covered in oil as he questions BP CEO Tony Hayward during a House Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee hearing on "The Role Of BP In The Deepwater Horizon Explosion And Oil Spill", in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, June 17, 2010. (ROD LAMKEY JR/AFP/Getty Images)

3)BP CEO Tony Hayward is surrounded by photographers as he arrives to testify about the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico at the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, June 17, 2010. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Captions and Pictures provided by The Big Picture


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