The Cost of Offshore Drilling: Photos You Haven’t Seen

by Philip Radford

April 30, 2010

Reprinted from the Huffington Post
April 30, 2010

As stories of the catastrophic oil spill off of Louisiana travel around the world, we have dramatic and disturbing new photos of the oil rig explosion that set off this catastrophe.  This is what you didn’t get to see on day one.

There’s a different story and new photos emerging from the Gulf everyday.  Today the amount of oil gushing from the seabed is five times larger than it was quoted as being just yesterday.  It’s being compared to the Exxon-Valdez spill off the coast of Alaska, one of the worst in U.S. History.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates the spill at 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day — five times BP’s earlier estimate of yesterday, and exceeding the worst-case scenario.

Greenpeace flew over the spill yesterday to capture images and to see the disaster first hand.

This is why the President’s offshore drilling proposal needs to be taken off the table now.

Greenpeace and Gulf environmental groups sent the President an open letter today, calling for the President to personally visit the site of the spill and reverse his position on offshore drilling.

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