ARTICLES BY William L. Chameides

  • Thick slick: Clockwise from top lift, oil on surface of water, St. Mary's Point; Chameides dips glove in oil-soaked waters off St.Mary’s Point, in Bayou Wilkinson, north Barataria Bay, one of the areas hardest hit by the gulf oil spill; shrimp boats off Grand Isle outfitted with booms instead of nets. Credit: Chris Hildreth
    November 30, 2010
    Everyone loves a big dramatic story, and the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico gave the media the opportunity to tell a whopper: the fiery explosion, the ever-growing estimates of how much oil was spewing into the gulf, and BP’s repeated failed attempts to cap the well. And who could forget the images of oil-slicked pelicans or dirty brown tar balls washing up on white sandy beaches or that endless loop showing oil gushing out of the wellhead at the ocean bottom?
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