June 15, 2010 – As President Obama visits the Gulf Coast for the fourth time since the the Deepwater Horizon disaster on April 20, 2010, that killed 11 workers and set in motion the worst environmental disaster in American history, the oil continues to flow. Beaches, wetlands and wildlife are threatened, and being destroyed in some areas, along the coasts and waters of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. See full-size NOAA forecast map for June 15, June 16 and June 17.
From Florida: President Obama spent the night in Pensacola after stopping in Mississippi and Alabama yesterday. This morning, he toured Pensacola Beach as the oil slick still floated offshore.
From Alabama: It looks like the sturdy boom of steel pipe at Perdido Pass is ahead of schedule and could be finished as soon a next week. “Meanwhile, work to fill a mile-wide breach on Dauphin Island created by Hurricane Katrina was described Monday by a BP spokesman as imminent.” Read the rest of the story …
Orange Beach is getting a reprieve after seeing waves of oil wash in over the weekend.
Gulf oil spill: Alabama beaches hit hard, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach (pictures, videos)
From Mississippi: Mother Nature has so far been mostly kind to Mississippi, with relatively light impacts to Petit Bois, Horn and Dauphin Islands. Emulsified oil showed up in the Bangs Lake area in eastern Jackson County over the weekend.
Louisiana continues to bear the brunt of the BP oil spill. Associated Press reported yesterday on the environmental disaster that is building in Barataria Bay.
Stories about the wildlife of Louisiana and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill:
Gulf oil spill environmental impact: Louisiana ibis, terns, barriers, diving in oil (video, photos)
Gulf oil spill: New wildlife pictures, terns, gulls, pelicans, a turtle, a fish, lucky birds video
Gulf oil spill impact pictures: Cat Island brown pelican chicks, struggle for birds on Grand Isle
Gulf oil spill: Environmental impact, East Grand Terre Island, brown pelicans struggle (pictures)
Gulf oil spill: Environmental impact in pictures, the plight of Queen Bess Island, brown pelicans
Gulf oil spill: What’s at risk? Breton National Wildlife Refuge, Teddy Roosevelt visits (video)
Finally, “BP mounted a more aggressive response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday as it started deploying undersea sensors to better measure the ferocious flow of crude” … more from AP.
President Obama will fly back to Washingtion this afternoon, where he will talk about the Gulf oil spill in his first address to the nation from the Oval Office since taking office.
More oil spill news:
Gulf oil spill: June 12, Gulf Shores, Pensacola Pass, Petit Bois and Horn Islands, NOAA map
Gulf oil spill update: June 11, from Louisiana to Florida, aerial views, oil threats (pictures)
Gulf oil spill breaking news: Flow rate is much higher than official estimate
Gulf oil spill update June 9: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, NOAA map (photos, video)