Images from NASA satellite of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

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Meanwhile, the U.S. Coast Guard officials claim that there is "no shoreline impact at this time," as stated by Rear Admiral Mary Landry, the government coordinator of the spill response, to Bloomberg Businessweek in today's article. She went on to say that their "goal is to continue to fight this spill as far offshore as possible."

Below are pictures from NASA taken on Sunday of the oil slick created by the explosion and sinking of the oil rig.

NASA states:

"These images of the affected area were captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite (top, wider view) and the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite (bottom, close up).

In the top image, the Mississippi Delta is at image center, and the oil slick is a silvery swirl to the right. The oil slick may be particularly obvious because it is occurring in the sunglint area, where the mirror-like reflection of the Sun off the water gives the Gulf of Mexico a washed-out look. The close-up view shows waves on the water surface as well as ships, presumably involved in the clean up and control activities."

Hopefully, the leak will be contained very soon and cleanup efforts will prevent it from making it to shore, and though tragic, this event will strengthen our case in Florida against the drilling for oil off of our coasts.

See larger images here.



As reported yesterday, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to leak over 42,000 gallons — about 1,000 barrels — of oil per day. As of late Monday, the sheen measured about 80 miles by 42 miles and was 36 miles offshore.

Of the 126 people on board the oil rig at the time of the explosion one week ago, 11 crew members are missing and 17 were injured.

This article from the Wall Street Journal released earlier today states:

"Despite these efforts, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration official told The Wall Street Journal late Monday that oil is expected to hit shore Saturday. If that occurs, it could create an environmental disaster, harming local businesses and further incensing opponents to the Obama administration's plan to let the oil industry drill in new offshore areas."

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