One month after the Deepwater oil rig exploded off the coast of Louisiana, killing 11 workers, oil is still spewing out of leaks a mile underwater at a rate of 210,000 gallons or more a day. To date, the explosion sent at least 6 million gallons of oil spilling into the Gulf Coast, according to the Coast Guard, with cleanup costs moving upwards of $760 million. BP has tried a myriad of tactics to plug the leak and contain the spread of the oil. But as of last Thursday, the oil had reached land, its impact stretching from the Louisiana wetlands in Grand Isle all the way to Dauphin Island, in Alabama.
The spill has put thousands of fishermen out of work and stalled the local fishing industry indefinitely. Many fishermen are taking part in cleanup efforts, but most are being forced to rely on public assistance and charity to make ends meet.