Audubon Nature Institute, NOLA

One of two Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles on display at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans. The turtles are two of 112 rescued so far, and cleaned up from oil contamination from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

Long Beach into Night : 3

Workers use shovels to gather and scoop the orange gooey mousse into plastic bags to be hauled to the local trash dump. Night operations on Long Beach in Long Beach and Pass Christian started July 7, 2010 and this was the third consecutive night of work in the same area. The workers are tired but … Continue reading

FORT MORGAN, Ala.

The ‘sugar sand’ beaches at Fort Morgan used to be white according to one clean-up worker. Fort Morgan is a State Historic site as well as an upscale beach community. One of the interesting aspects of Fort Morgan are the endangered Alabama Beach Mice. They live in small burrows in the sand, and only come … Continue reading

ORANGE BEACH, Ala.

Boom operations in Cotton Bayou and Bayou Saint John. The white boom is called sorbent boom and is dragged behind the boats with pompoms attached that collect any surface oil. The different colors of boom are for different types of water, and use, but every boom has universal attachments so they can be linked without … Continue reading

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala.

LONG BEACH, Miss.

Oily waters slowly crept onto the shore July 7, at Long Beach — near Gulfport and Biloxi, MS — where swimmers tried to enjoy the bright and sunny day despite the gloomy truth about the BP oil disaster. Government officials also increased the clean up hours to a 24-hour cycle.

Colorado Coast Guard

Long Beach into night

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010. A large amount of oil washed ashore in Long Beach prompting the first night time cleaning. Lights were brought in for the workers, originally, the lights had amber colored filters on them to protect any sea turtles in the area. The filters were peeled off when the men in charge were told there was no danger from the lights. Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010. A large amount of oil washed ashore in Long Beach prompting the first night time cleaning. Lights were brought in for the workers, originally, the lights had amber colored filters on them to protect any sea turtles in the area. The filters were peeled off when the men in … Continue reading

Surrealism

Massive amounts of oil wash ashore : clean up goes into the night July 7, 2010, Long Beach Mississippi According to a person in charge (so far, in my experience, nobody on-site from the clean-up crews will go on the record) 5,000 workers scoured Long Beach, a stretch of sand through four cities: (west-east) Pass … Continue reading

GRAND ISLE, La.