Gulf Oil Spill
BP Oil Gusher Response: Clean-up workers and supervisor rush to prevent photographer from crossing inflated boom barrier on Grand Isle beach, as film crew including Peter Fonda and environmentalist Wilma Suvra wait to talk with them.
Workers for a BP contractor carry sacks each only a bit filled with sand and oil from the clean up of the north end of Elmer's Island near the bridge to Grand Isle LA. According to a supervisor (a retired Shell manager) there were 1800 clean up workers on Grand Isle at the time, getting paid $10-12 an hour, 10-12 hours a day.
Workers hired to clean up of the north end of Elmer's Island and South end of Grand Isle beach near the bridge getting off work and heading toward buses According to a supervisor (a retired Shell manager) there were 1800 clean up workers on Grand Isle at the time, getting paid $10-12 an hour, 10-12 hours a day.
Grand Isle LA, Aug 10, 2010 : Here the beach cleanup was much more mechanized than in other places I photographed. An industrial sand cleaning plant is noisily processing truckloads of sand, and only workers are allowed to get to the water. "Sandboni" machines groom the sand of surface oil -- but also remove all the seaweed and organic matter which gives a beach its normal life and invigorating odor.
Grand Isle LA, Aug 10, 2010: This heavily impacted 7 mile beach appears clean of oil on the surface -- but was still partlly closed and deserted of most tourists, fishers and vacationers. The constant traffic of heavy trucks, patrol vehicles and sand-cleaning machinery has created more a road than an inviting beach. "Cleaner than it's ever been," said a clean up supervisor -- but the organic matter that gives the beach its life and smell may also have been swept away.
Grand Isle LA, Aug 10, 2010 Beach clean up workers say it is well known that crude is under the sand in many places, but that they are instructed to scrape the surface oil only. One worker has been digging anyway, and another is going out to see what's been found.
Grand Isle LA, Aug 10, 2010 A worker who found oil under the surface, where cleanup crews are apparently told not to dig, shows crude on his gloves from a foot or so under the sand.
Grand Isle LA, Aug 10, 2010: A BP supervisor and member of a beach clean up crew discuss the discovery of heavy oil in a hole dug in the sand by another worker -- apparently against orders. The beach's surface has been groomed by machines and workers, but it's common knowledge oil is all over underneath the sand.
BP Oil Gusher Response: "Tiger Dam" water-inflated boom across 7 miles of Grand Isle beach is broken after storms from Hurricane Alex, some oil in water pool and along outside of boom.
BP Oil Gusher Response: Contractor for EPA samples wetland water in Grand Isle State Park.
Signs of protest of the oil spill and BP's response -- focus on what it is doing to business and property values on Grand Isle.
BP Oil Gusher. Grand Isle resident's response, a graveyard of the Delta's products and gifts.
BP Oil Gusher Response: Sign of protest and resignation on beachfront house, Grand Isle LA
Paintings on building of tatoo parlor in Raceland LA -- the artistic work of the shop's owner
Photo Reports Intro
1. The BP Deepwater Horizon oil well gushes crude across the Gulf to beaches and marsh.
2. Crude comes ashore from Gulf Shores to Grand Isle.
3. Clean up workers and local people react to the oil.
4. Oil in the marshes greases up birds and sedges; fishing and shrimping are closed.
5. Shrimping and fishing begin to return but long term effects of oil remain.
5A. The toll on animals and birds continues; rescuers take action.
6. Indians Face Oil Spill
7. Indians Face Oil Spill 2
8. The most endangered sea turtle and the Gulf oil spill 1
9. The most endangered sea turtle and the Gulf oil spill 2
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