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BP Gulf Oil Spill – Anniversary Photo Essay

Three years has passed since the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest oil disaster in history.

In August 2010, five months after, I travelled across four states (twice) with video journalist Jason Parkinson, documenting the environmental and social impact, not just of the oil spill, but also the dispersant chemicals used to “clean” up the oil.

Click here to see photo-essay / non flash version

Coldtype – The Reader cover story

The footage from that trip became the film report Gulf

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The effect on the environment and the communities of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida by both oil and dispersant continues, as The Independent reports:

Dead dolphins and shrimp with no eyes found after BP cleanup


ColdType Photo Essay – On the Beach

The Reader cover story, photo-essay on the aftermath of the Gulf Oil Disaster.

See pdf here

More ColdType photo-essays here

Wading Through Oil

A wader feeding amoungst the BP oil spill. Grand Isle beach, Louisiana. USA.

See web gallery here

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Death of a Fishing Community


Sunset on Grand Isle, a fishing community severely affected by the BP oil spill. Louisiana. USA.

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Toxic Beachcombing


Oil and Corexit dispersant foam washes up on Biloxi beach. BP oil spill. Mississippi. USA.

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God Help Us All!


Blue Crab with discoloured, oily gills washed up on Pass Christian beach after the BP oil spill. Crabs should have clearish grey but not black gills according to crab fishermen. Mississippi.

Across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida we found sick fishermentar balls, dead fish and discoloured jellyfish, had filthy green/brown water and thick foam washing up on the waves, which fishermen believe to be Corexit dispersing oil.

..and yet Obama sees fit to swim with his child in a White House released image on a Florida beach and is encouraging people to believe that the Gulf beaches are ‘open for business’.

If the water is safe and the beaches clean, why have the clean-up teams been told they will have work on the usually bleached white beaches for at least two years?

If you think it’s safe out of the water, think again. Scientists fear toxic rain is contaminating the Gulf States and fishermen have been monitoring the poor air quality.

See web gallery here

Read Jason N. Parkinson’s blog piece: Catalogue of Destruction

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