By JAMES GORDON –
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.
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
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 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 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
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 Mexico
‘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 “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 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 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
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