Today marks an anniversary that the oil industry might rather forget: it is a hundred days since the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf Of Mexico, the event that started the “spill” which has dumped crude into the Gulf and on to its beaches in huge amounts.
The use of the word “spill” may suggest something trivial, but this has seen serious amounts of oil leaked: tens of thousands of barrels at times have been gushing from the damaged well on some days.
Today, to mark that hundredth day, the HuffPo has put together a hundred images showing what happens when so much crude finds its way into the sea and on to nearby beaches. Some of the photos do not make for easy viewing.
Something to think about the next time you get the car out.