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Old Jun 30, 2010, 9:54 PM   #1
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I didn't know where else to post these, so hopefully, this will do.

As most everyone knows by now, we had a drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico here that exploded and sank. Now, 70+ days later, and one hurricane thrown in for good measure, the well is still spewing.

When and how it will end is anybody's guess.

I'm not a very good photojournalist, but I took a few shots at the beach to share. I hope they are good enough. Thanks.

1) Here is a shot of a small amount of what we're fighting here.



2) Typical workstation, many of these are set up for miles down the beaches.



3) Here I am shooting west from the pier. All the canopies are rest stations for the cleanup crews, which are working 24/7.



4) Some cleanup crew arriving for work. Very hot, 95+ degrees in the daytime.



5) These machines are transporting bags of contaminated sand to a containment area, where they are moved to a site 150 miles away from here. The individual bags are collected by the workers, who work 20 minutes on and take a break, because of the heat.



6) As of the day I took this, the county had not closed the beach for swimming, but had advised people not to go in the water. The man in back is picking up tar balls.



7) Blackhawk/Seahawk buzzed me a few times, so I shot him.



8) This shot here shows a converted shrimp trawler pulling a skimmer. Why I shot this was the swimmers in the water, while cleanup was being done on either side. The News Journal ran a picture almost identical to this on, but the boat was oof.



9) All manner of sea craft are being used to pull the skimmers. Boats without outriggers have to work in pairs to pull the skimmers.


10) Plenty of fotogs here to document everything.



11) A shrimper trawling for oil. I found it a little strange the the name of this boat is New Horizon. Just me...



12) Last, but certainly not least, my wife and granddaughter Bella, who accompanied me on my mission. We also ate lunch at the pier, thereby showing support for our beach.



Thanks for looking, and pray for the Gulf of Mexico.
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Old Jun 30, 2010, 10:06 PM   #2
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Hopefully with the international help finally allow to come, increasing the skimmper to 2000. They can stem the tide of oil a bit. I hope this oil nightmare will not destroy to much of the nature in the gulf.
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Yea, hopefully that hurricane helps, not hurts the situation... :/

hopefully it wont be too bad by the time i head back that way....
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August can not come fast enough with those relief wells. So they can finally stop the leak.
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You're being very modest about not being much of a photo-journalist! I think you've done a fantastic job in capturing the essence of what is going on with the oil spill. All of them are very telling images.
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You're being very modest about not being much of a photo-journalist! I think you've done a fantastic job in capturing the essence of what is going on with the oil spill. All of them are very telling images.
Thanks for the vote of confidence.. The cleanup here and the way it's being handled is like tring to shoot elephants with pea shooters..
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I went back to the beach today, partially because it is July 3rd and I wanted to see how the tourism was going. It was dismal. I have included more pictures. Normally on July 4th holiday you can't stir the folks with a stick, but not this year.

One reason people are leery about coming here..



Looking east from the pier. There should be so many people you cannot see the sand...



Looking west from the pier



Some people having fun, ignoring the warnings



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Some really nice pictures and story here Hawgwild.
A great damage caused both by BP and human stupidity.
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Thanks, Ordo. Maybe one day this will all be a bad memory.
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That totally sucks. I'm so pissed at BP and our government for not properly regulating the giant oil corporations, thanks to all those campaign contributions. Prayers are nice but they won't work until some common sense is used!
Somethings broken.

P.S. if you want to see what the oil corps are doing now. Watch the HBO documentary Gasland. It's sickening, literally.
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