The devastation of Deepwater Horizon from above: Mesmerizing photos show Gulf’s 210 MILLION gallon oil slick

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In the spring of 2010, an oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing untold amounts of crude oil into the water’s fragile ecosystem.

At the time, there were numerous pictures of oil-slicked turtles and birds – a reminder of the sheer havoc the incident wrought upon the environment.

Now a new set of pictures has been released showing the slick from above, taken by photographer Daniel Beltrá, who documented the spill from a Cessna floatplane, 3,000ft above the Louisiana coastline.

The April 20th, 2010, explosion at BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 workers, injured 17 more and caused nearly 50,000 barrels of oil per day to spew into the gulf.

The well went unplugged for nearly three months, causing the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry.

These photos are a grim reminder of the real damage that can be caused by such massive oil spills but also show the beauty that can be seen as man and nature try to repair the damage done.

‘SPILL’ by Daniel Beltrá is published by GOST Books.

The devastation of Deepwater Horizon from above Mesmerizing photos show Gulf's 210 MILLION gallon oil slick

Two ships monitor a controlled burn from oil that was spilled from the wellhead. To aid in clean-up efforts, 5,300 vessels of opportunity were hired from around the area

Oil covers the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on the vicinity of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill sourceOil covers the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on the vicinity of BP’s Deepwater Horizon spill source

Aerial view of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. After the Deepwater Horizon platform sank on the 22nd April 2010, it began a spill that released over 60,000 barrels of crude oil every day for the next three monthsAerial view of oil leaked into the Gulf of Mexico. After the Deepwater Horizon platform sank on the 22nd April 2010, it began a spill that released over 60,000 barrels of crude oil every day for the next three months

Paths of oil-free water remain in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico from boats attempting to clean up the crude spill off the coast of LouisianaPaths of oil-free water remain in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico from boats attempting to clean up the crude spill off the coast of Louisiana

Boats gather near remaining oil platforms near the site of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, leaving oily wakes as they move through the polluted water. Nearly one third of all U.S. oil production comes from 3,500 such platforms in the Gulf of Mexico

Boats gather near remaining oil platforms near the site of the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, leaving oily wakes as they move through the polluted water. Nearly one third of all U.S. oil production comes from 3,500 such platforms in the Gulf of Mexico

Agent orange: This picture is clearly of the sea but the dramatic lines and swirls are oil from BP's Deepwater Horizon spills at the Gulf Macondo well as it floats on the Gulf of Mexico

Agent orange: This picture is clearly of the sea but the dramatic lines and swirls are oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon spills at the Gulf Macondo well as it floats on the Gulf of Mexico

Beauty in tragedy: An explosion on the semi-submersible drilling unit killed 11 workers and injured 16 others. It caused the Deepwater Horizon to burn and sink, resulting in a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of MexicoBeauty in tragedy: An explosion on the semi-submersible drilling unit killed 11 workers and injured 16 others. It caused the Deepwater Horizon to burn and sink, resulting in a massive offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Artist Daniel Beltra explains favorite image from “SPILL”…

 

'The saturated, rich colors - and the interesting lines and forms they create - result it what appear, seen from a distance, like contemporary abstract expressionist paintings'‘The saturated, rich colors – and the interesting lines and forms they create – result it what appear, seen from a distance, like contemporary abstract expressionist paintings’

'Taken as a whole, the works in the Spill series engender a kind of ‘Taken as a whole, the works in the Spill series engender a kind of “sublime melancholy”, a reflection of our current self-imposed alienation and careless neglect of our natural environment,’ writes art curator Barbara Bloemink in the book’s essay

Spill is the first book from photographer Daniel Beltrá, who documented the spill from a Cessna floatplane, 3,000ft above the Louisiana coastlineSpill is the first book from photographer Daniel Beltrá, who documented the spill from a Cessna floatplane, 3,000ft above the Louisiana coastline

A C-130 plane sprays dispersant on oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. More controversial and ultimately more destructive than the fires was the use of the toxic chemical CorexitA C-130 plane sprays dispersant on oil leaked from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico. More controversial and ultimately more destructive than the fires was the use of the toxic chemical Corexit

The spill sent 210m gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing a black tide covering 68,000 square miles of ocean and spreading along 16,000 miles of coastline

The spill sent 210m gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing a black tide covering 68,000 square miles of ocean and spreading along 16,000 miles of coastline

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6 Responses

  1. common law private attorney general Chris Guardin on the Wall says:

    Public EX-Ecutions are DEMANDED for Environmental DIS-truction It’s NOT NICE to Murder Mother Nature? PRAY for Justice not Just US, the World is Under ATTACK by DEMONS

  2. viper4u2 says:

    They spray chemicals that makes the oil sink ,so most of it is on the bottom now just think about the gulf stream it goes north and more towards Europe right by the Azores islands & toward britain & Ireland . But BP say’s its all cleaned up . Well if you can’t see it above the water does’t mean it isn’t there underneath soon washing up on the beaches all over the place mostly in Europe some will come to US beaches and BP is allowed to drill in the same area in the gulf ?? You got to be kidding me .kick them out of there before it happens again.

  3. carl says:

    this is a glaring example of greed and incompetency ,our government has yet to explain clearly what the state of the gulf is now ,show proof and explain ongoing efforts to prevent this in the future.BP is still allowed to do their work here and yet how have they learned from this .We need a presentation by the congress and white house explaining this now.

  4. DocNo says:

    That being said and now Fuku-nuke has spread to the west… what the banking dynasty going to do next? Ignite Yellow Stone?

  5. 5 War Veteran says:

    These “oil slicks” are still being seen today and BP is still spraying corexit every night under the secrecy of darkness. The complete destruction of an ECO system and the toxic polluting of the remaining sea life. The destruction of the gulf stream as witnessed by the extreme winters over the UK and northwards.
    While the BP elite sit fat and happy smiling over their succeeding in killing off millions of stupid Americans in the after math with disease and illness.

    • DocNo says:

      That being said and now Fuku-nuke has spread to the west… what the banking dynasty going to do next? Ignite Yellow Stone?

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