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05/09/2010

Oil approaches the Gulf Coast

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An oil soaked bird struggles against the oil slicked side of the HOS Iron Horse supply vessel at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana Sunday, May 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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An oil tainted water sample from the Gulf of Mexico, south of Freemason Island, Louisiana. BP Plc engineers using undersea robots maneuvered a massive metal chamber to fit over a gushing ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday in their best chance to contain a leak that threatens an environmental catastrophe on U.S. shores.   (REUTERS/Carlos Barria)

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Oil is seen on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in an aerial view of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the coast of Mobile, Alabama. May 9, 2010. (REUTERS/U.S. Navy/Handout)

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Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The U.S. Coast Guard working in partnership with BP PLC, local residents, and other federal agencies conducted the "in situ burn" to aid in preventing the spread of oil following the April 20 explosion on Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Deepwater Horizon. May 6, 2010. (AP Photo/US Na- Justin Stumberg)

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Oil from the leaking Deep Horizon oil rig is seen swirling through the currents in the Gulf of Mexico. May 6, 2010.  (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin look on as the mobile offshore drilling unit Q4000 lowers a pollution containment chamber into the Gulf of Mexico over the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The chamber is designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig fire and collapse. May 6, 2010. (REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout)

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A pollution containment chamber is lowered into the Gulf of Mexico over the site of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The chamber is designed to cap the oil discharge that was a result of the Deepwater Horizon rig fire and collapse. May 6, 2010. (REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout)

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Thick black waves of oil and brown whitecaps are seen off the side of the supply vessel Joe Griffin at the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill containment efforts in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. May 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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At Shell Beach, Louisiana, PFC Frank Messina of the Louisiana National Guard helps in the oil spill cleanup effort. (Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

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Grassy marsh wetlands of St. Bernard Parish are seen as work continues to try to protect it from the massive oil spill on May 9, 2010 in Gulf of Mexico. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by BP is leaking an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil a day into the Gulf and the slick has now reached nearby land. Efforts to contain the spill, including a 98-ton containment box to cap the leak, have done little to slow its flow.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



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Louisiana National Guard Sergeant George Achee uses a bulldozer to create a earthen barrier as they try to protect an estuary from the massive oil spill on May 9, 2010 in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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A dead fish is seen on the beach on May 9, 2010 in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. It is unknown how the fish died. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)



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Tony Phan, left, and his father, Lanh, wait outside of a BP claims center for Tony's mother, Lai Nguyen, not pictured, the captain of their commercial fishing fleet, in Boothville, La., Sunday, May 9, 2010. Nguyen was making a claim with BP representatives for work lost due to the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Graham Macdonald (C) leads a shoreline assessment team along the beaches of Dauphin Island, Alabama May 9, 2010 where tar balls washed ashore the previous day. Oil workers, volunteers and the military have been battling to shut off a gushing oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and stop the huge spreading slick from reaching major ports, tourist beaches, wildlife refuges and fishing grounds.    (REUTERS/Brian Snyder) 

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Crews work  to collect oil near and around the location where the Deepwater Horizon oil platform sank, in this photo taken May 8, 2010.  BP Plc engineers desperately explored options on May 9, 2010 to control oil gushing from a ruptured well deep under the Gulf of Mexico after a setback with a huge undersea containment dome fueled fears of a prolonged and growing environmental disaster.   REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Casey J. Ranel/Handout



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Boom to protect Louisiana's fragile wetlands is put into place on Lake Machias on May 9, 2010, following a massive oil spill that is threatening the state's coastal islands. Concern is growing that the US Gulf coast is facing an historic environmental disaster after a giant containment box, aimed at relieving the gushing oil under a sunken BP rig, failed to work after clogging with ice crystals. AFP Photo/Alex OGLE


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Fishermen employed by BP place boom on Lake Machias on May 9, 2010, to protect Louisiana's fragile wetlands, following a massive oil spill that is threatening the state's coastal islands. The area has been put off-limits for fishing and shrimping, threatening the livelihood of thousands of people working in the seafood industry, as concern grows over an impending environmental disaster from oil leaking under a sunken BP rig. (AFP Photo/Alex OGLE)


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If it cannot be sealed, Deepwater Horizon might eventually exceed the Exxon Valdez catastrophe. And it's happening in the heart of the most productive marine fishery in the United States.

This disaster is the same, if not worse than the Exon Valdez.
The only thing that will bring accountability in such irresponsible and neglectful oil companies is to have massive class action suits against them, by the public, the environmental legal agaencies, and wildlife conservationists.
Governments are becoming their dupes to the point of covering up for them in action not on paper.
It is a tragedy all around.

So so so angry.... my stomach turns at the thought of the enormous and irreparable damage this spill has and continues to cause. If this is not a HUGE wake up call, among all the other spills that apparently have been happening for years, then I don't think we'll have much left of our beautiful planet. Honestly, this spill will be affecting the world for generations in terms of loss in the environment, poisons in the waters, fish and aquatic animals, destruction of all sorts of vegetation, and all for oil, money, power..... pure evil. What have we built our society around? We cannot go on relying on oil and MUST rely on other sources of energy. But the the oil companies will no doubt continue to prevail, with our mute governments putting up blinders to the whole catastrophic issue.

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