Two years after the tragic Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill, damage to the coasts and the U.S. Gulf linger on, affecting the Gulf fishing economy, the livelihoods of residents, and the health of local ecosystems.
Wetland areas that state officials said had been declared clean by the Coast Guard and BP officials are still showing signs of continued damage from the BP oil spill, says the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. In a set of photos posted to flickr, the three wetland areas show increasing amounts of the toxic oil as warmer weather causes the oil to bubble up.
“There were a few patches in the marsh that were completely devoid of vegetation. They smelled like asphalt,” said National Wildlife Federation scientist Alisha Renfro.
Gulf tourism continues to suffer, as tar balls teeming with dangerous levels of bacteria wash up on the shore. BP executives have declared the tar balls little more than “a nuisance.”
Further out in the Gulf, the oyster industry continue to suffer, as previously successful oyster beds yield “nothing but dead shells.”
Despite the continued damage to the Gulf, BP has begun airing television ads depicting both tourism and commercial fishing as recovering nicely.