Coverage of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill by Noelle Leavitt and Jenn LeBlanc

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Long Beach into Night : 3

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Workers use shovels to gather and scoop the orange gooey mousse into plastic bags to be hauled to the local trash dump. Night operations on Long Beach in Long Beach and Pass Christian started July 7, 2010 and this was the third consecutive night of work in the same area. The workers are tired but in good spirits, they are not allowed to speak with us. For us to witness the work we must stay out of their way and enter and exit the containment area through the decon tents. They work hard until someone comes and tells them to stop for a break or a shift change. They keep going, working on the seemingly endless piles of oil that come ashore with the tide.

The oil collected is taken to the local dump. That’s right, it’s going into the Pecan Grove Landfill in Pass Christian, Miss.

Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

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Long Beach into night

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010. A large amount of oil washed ashore in Long Beach prompting the first night time cleaning. Lights were brought in for the workers, originally, the lights had amber colored filters on them to protect any sea turtles in the area. The filters were peeled off when the men in charge were told there was no danger from the lights.
Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency

Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010.
Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency
Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010.
Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency
Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010.
Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency
Long Beach, Mississippi, July 7, 2010.
Photo by: Jenn LeBlanc/Iris Photo Agency