Oceana Magazine: Summer 2010
A Gulf Changed
"By the time the well was plugged, an estimated 200 million gallons had flowed into the Gulf"
By Suzannah Evans
For nearly 100 days, the ocean oil well named Macondo gushed millions of gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the well was plugged, an estimated 200 million gallons had flowed into the Gulf in a disaster that is up to 20 times worse than Exxon Valdez. Skimmers, burn-offs and absorbent booms had gathered just a fraction of the oil by early August.
In the meantime, thousands of birds, fish, marine mammals and sea turtles have been affected by the oil – as well as the communities of fishermen and vacationers that call the Gulf coast their home. These photographs tell just one part of the story that will continue to affect this region for years to come.