Oil-covered birds, closed beaches, crippled fishing and tourism industries, and angry residents: Fifty days after the Deepwater Horizon caught fire and sank, there’s been seemingly no end in sight to the
catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Metro U.S. photographer Nicolaus Czarnecki documents the spill along the Louisiana coast:
Crews work to contain and clean up the Deepwater Horizon oil spill off the shores of Louisiana on Friday May 28, 2010.
Out-of-work fisherman hired by BP as cleanup contractors load up booms onto a vessel bound for the area affected by the Deepwater Horizon blowout. BP has admitted the spill is the worst oil disaster in American history, exceeding the Exxon Valdez spill.
A sign along Louisiana Highway 23 shows the community’s feeling towards BP.
A sign outside Coastal Bait on Elmer’s Island, La., bluntly tells a shop owner’s story after the oil spill.
Crews at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La., work to clean off oil from a pelican on May 29, 2010.
A brown pelican covered in oil awaits cleaning at the Fort Jackson Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Buras, La., on May 29, 2010.
A plastic bottle covered in oil rests on the beach in Grand Isle, La.
Absorbent materials used to soak up oil hang on the shores on Elmer’s Island, La.
A layer of oil covers an area along the shores of Grand Isle, La.
“We’re really upset, it gets boring here without the beaches,” says Colette Scott of New Roads, La., after taking her daughter Anna, 5, to see the closed beach on Grand Isle, La.