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Coast Guard Captures Deepwater Response to Oil Spill Disaster in Pictures [Slide Show]

Crews from the Guard, BP and local fishermen have been hard at work in the Gulf of Mexico since the oil rig exploded and sank in April

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BURNED BOOM

A charred fire boom collects oil in the Gulf of Mexico on May 6.....[ More ]

SET TO SINK

Oil washes onto the sides of a pollution containment chamber as the mobile offshore drilling unit Q4000 lowers the chamber into the water at the Deepwater Horizon site on May 6.....[ More ]

DAM IT

Crewmen aboard the motor vessel Joe Griffin guide a cofferdam onto the deck as the ship prepares to depart Wild Well Control, Inc. on May 5. The chamber is designed to contain the oil discharge from the Deepwater Horizon before it reaches the surface.....[ More ]

CONTROLLED BURN

Contracted fishing vessels Mary and Jace and Gulf Rambler pull an oil boom during a controlled burn in the Gulf of Mexico on May 5. The controlled burn was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, BP and other federal agencies to help prevent the spread of oil.....[ More ]

POLLUTION PROTECTION

The Naval Air Station Pensacola Pollution Response unit deploys an oil containment boom at Sherman Cove, Fla., May 4 to protect environmentally sensitive grass beds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.....[ More ]

JUST SKIMMING THE SURFACE

Crewmembers assigned to the Coast Guard cutter Oak from Charleston, S.C., place  a weir skimmer into the apex of the boom during oil skimming operations.....[ More ]

PREPARING TO LOWER THE BOOM

U.S. Environmental Services' workers move an oil containment boom onto a supply boat in Venice, La., April 29. Staging areas were set up along the Gulf Coast to actively identify, target and protect environmentally and economically sensitive areas.....[ More ]

CLEANUP CREW

A Vessel of Opportunity Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La., April 28. It was one of about 76 vessels to respond at the time.....[ More ]

CONTAINMENT PLAN

The base of a pollution containment chamber is moved to a construction area at Wild Well Control, Inc. in Port Fourchon, La., April 26. The chamber is one of the largest ever built and will be used in an attempt to contain the  gusher  related to the explosion of the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.....[ More ]

OCEAN OF OIL

Debris and oil from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform float in the Gulf of Mexico after the rig sank April 22. The mobile offshore drilling platform had been engulfed in flames after the April 20 explosion.....[ More ]

DEEP TROUBLE

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010, after an explosion that remains under investigation. A Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew document the fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon.....[ More ]

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