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Photo, Video: BP Releases First Images of Gulf Oil Leak


Here's the first image released to the public by BP of the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico which is unleashing 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf each day. The corporation released the photo following pressure from the government, private citizens, and media.

It is thought that four million gallons of oil have already been unleashed.

The latest: "Bad wiring and a leak in what's supposed to be a 'blowout preventer.' Sealing problems that may have allowed a methane eruption. Even a dead battery, of all things. New disclosures Wednesday revealed a complex cascade of deep-sea equipment failures and procedural problems in the oil rig explosion and massive spill that is still fouling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and threatening industries and wildlife near the coast and on shore."

Of the video, Deepwater Horizon writes: "Oil and gas stream from the riser of the Deepwater Horizon well May 11, 2010. This video is from the larger of two existing leaks on the riser. This leak is located approximately 460 feet from the top of the blowout preventer and rests on the sea floor at a depth of about 5,000 feet. "


UPDATE: And, for the first time, with sound:

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  1. somehow i think it wouldn't have happened if the ceo's compensation depended on it...

    Posted by: rick | May 12, 2010 7:38:22 PM

  2. Terrible, all those drilling platforms are ticking bombs. We seriously need to move away from oil.

    Posted by: Gast | May 12, 2010 7:56:24 PM

  3. Join the Facebook group: Get Betty White to Plug the Oil-Spewing Well!/group.php?gid=121958807822463

    Posted by: crispy | May 12, 2010 9:04:33 PM

  4. All that money wasted. All that sweet, sweet money...brings a tear to my eye. And yes, the ecosystem will forever be changed for the worst.

    Posted by: TANK | May 12, 2010 9:15:33 PM

  5. I live in New Orleans and the new norm is endless TV ads for attorneys and an "oil" report with the weather that lets us know where oil is headed. How ironic that much of the language being used sounds familiar when a hurricane is approaching.

    Posted by: Piper | May 12, 2010 11:01:10 PM

  6. Preventive maintenance...

    Posted by: greg2 | May 13, 2010 12:30:33 AM

  7. Imagine a cluster-fuck like this happening to a nuclear reactor after Obama gets his bi-partisan wish to revive the nuclear energy industry.

    Posted by: SmallhandFF | May 13, 2010 1:42:03 AM

  8. looks like we are in an Extinction Event not even including near future other ones :( corporations rule and there's no people movement stopping this plutocracy...

    Posted by: tom | May 13, 2010 3:07:32 AM

  9. Seriously, "ticking timebombs" "Extinction Event"; this is the only the second major platform spill in 30 years; the first in the Gulf. There are 4,500 platforms in the gulf and one major accident in 30 years are pretty good stats(keep in mind chances of worldwide extinction from an asteroid is 1 in 3,000 or so). Certainly better technology needs to be implemented to make this a 1 in 100 year event but you don't quit b/c of one accident. With that attitude its good thing you weren't in charge of the space program. They have had a failure rate of 1 in 35 and still persevered.

    Mother nature is extremely resilient and will survive this.

    The real danger is during the actual drilling phase; once its producing the danger level reduces significantly. We might should kick BP out as they have been responsible for this and the big one in Cali in 79'.

    Posted by: Jason | May 13, 2010 9:25:46 AM

  10. I just thought of something...

    When hurricane season comes, the storms are going to suck up all that nasty oil water in the gulf, only to deposit it in the form of rain storms throughout communities along the Gulf Coast...It won't be long before it's not "contained" to the gulf.

    Posted by: amknyc | May 13, 2010 9:46:03 AM

  11. Jason, I'd love to know the color of the sky in your world. If man continues to exploit and pollute, I'm sure it will be a dark grey soon. Mother Nature will indeed survive, it is man (and the ecosystem) that will not. When hydrogen and other renewable CLEAN energy sources are available and are powering cars on the road, why are we still on oil?! Oh yeah, I forgot, lobbyists and capitalism. God Bless. :rollseyes:

    Posted by: CJ | May 13, 2010 3:01:13 PM

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