NASA's Terra Satellites Sees Spill on May 24

NASA's Terra Satellites Sees Spill on May 24

This haunting eyewitness account of the state of the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi Delta post-BP disaster is a devastating eye-opener. Tempest Williams vivid account, paired with an audio slide show of photographs by J Henry Fair can only make those of us who haven’t witnessed the ongoing effects of this tragedy firsthand want to know and do more.

Excerpts from The Gulf Between Us

By Terry Tempest Williams
Orion Magazine, November / December 2010

…After months of watching the news coverage on the blowout and subsequent oil spill, I had to see for myself what I felt from afar: this catastrophic moment belongs to all of us…

…The oil is not gone. This story is not over. We smelled it in the air. We felt it in the water. People along the Gulf Coast are getting sick and sicker. Marshes are burned. Oysters are scarce and shrimp are tainted. Jobs are gone and stress is high. What is now hidden will surface over time…

…What are the 5 million barrels of oil that have spilled into the Gulf of Mexico worth to America? The oil now sullying shorelines and sea would have powered the U.S. economy for a total of four hours…