On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform spewed nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf Mexico. More than two years later, newly released photographs from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reveal the horrifying extent of damage to marine life.
The shocking images were received by Greenpeace through a Freedom of Information request filed in August 2010.
“Through an exhaustive image search, we found two from the bulk of the image dump that had been made available, but otherwise these are to the best of our knowledge previously unreleased. They seriously question the government and BP’s claims about the disaster’s impact on endangered species,” Greenpeace spokesman Travis Nicholas told us in an e-mail.
The organisation only recently received around 100 images from the spill that have never been published
On Friday, a federal judge delayed a civil trial that would assign damages from the disaster to January 2013
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