How Did the BP Oil Spill Affect Gulf Coast Wildlife? [Slide Show]
By late May, oil from BP’s blown out Macondo well began to reach the Louisiana coast, as captured here by NASA’s Terra satellite. The largest and longest boom deployment ever was not enough to keep it off the coast and it even began to infiltrate the mouth of the Mississippi River, although large releases of fresh water from upstream storage kept the oil out of the river itself. The subsequent freshening of the coastal waters killed Louisiana’s oysters.