Images BP Doesn’t Want You to See


General Photography

Remember when President Obama channeled his inner George W. Bush and told a TV reporter he wanted to know “whose ass to kick” over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Seems like the government found a group to target: Last week, the Coast Guard “announced rules that prevent the public—including news photographers and reporters—from coming within 20 meters (about 65 feet) of any response vessels or booms on the water or beaches. Violate the ‘safety zone’ rule and you can be slapped with a $40,000 fine and prosecuted under a Class D felony.” I’m quoting this from an article by Julie Dermansky, whose Flickr feed contains hundreds of photos from the Gulf. (thanks, Michel!) If you want to see the depressing reality Julie has plenty of photos of it.