Oil creeps, black waves

Oil creep

From NASA: Color image of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, created by combining data from different color bands on two of MISR’s nine cameras. The oil is visible as different shades of cyan, while other features such as clouds and land appear close to their natural color. The Mississippi River Delta is visible in the upper left.

Oil wave

BP’s webcam stream of the streaming oil can be found here.

From the NYT: Arctic oil drilling proposal moves forward.

Also from the NYT: An editorial:

“…But there is far more that we don’t know, either because the government has not extracted the information from BP or is not sharing it with the public….”

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel: Lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez disaster:

Our state ranks first for both employment and gross state product from ocean-related activities. Our coastal economy is driven not by petroleum, but by hotel rooms and surf shops, by fish tacos and kayak rentals. Tourism and coastal-dependent businesses generate about $43 billion annually for our state. Imagine the impact of an Exxon Valdez or BP Deepwater Horizon in Monterey Bay. Imagine people without jobs, businesses without customers, otters matted in oil, tidepools filled with tar balls, and whales breaching through iridescent slicks of crude oil.

Thursday, June 3, Humboldt Surfrider, Humboldt Baykeeper and Ocean Conservancy will show Black Wave, a documentary about the Exxon Valdez spill and discuss how you can help keep oil drilling off the coast of California.

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