Photo of the Day: 15 May 2010

Photo: AP Photo / Eric Gay / Boston.com PHOTO OF THE DAY 15 MAY 2010 Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Ch...


PHOTO OF THE DAY
15 MAY 2010


Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, Louisiana, Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

Oil dispersants are being sprayed, containment booms erected, protective barriers built, controlled burns undertaken, and devices are being lowered to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks, with little success to date.

While tracking the volume of the continued flow of oil is difficult, an estimated 5,000 barrels of oil (possibly much more) continues to pour into the gulf every day. While visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly, the scene remains, in the words of President Obama, a "potentially unprecedented environmental disaster."

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