Gulf of Mexico disaster in pictures: oil dispersants released from aircraft

Published:  11 May, 2010

U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aerial spray aircraft maintainers from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, remove the ground load station after refilling a C-130 with oil-dispersing chemicals on the runway of the Stennis International Airport, Miss., on May 9, 2010. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense’s only large-area fixed-wing aerial spray unit. (U.S. Air Force video by Staff. Sgt. Prentice Colter.)

U.S. Air Force Master. Sgt Paul Tatar, a C-130 Hercules aircraft spray aircraft maintainers, from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio,  refill a C-130 with oil-dispersing chemicals on the runway of the Stennis International Airport, Miss., on May 9, 2010. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to assist with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense’s only large-area fixed-wing aerial spray unit. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Prentice Colter.

A U.S. Air Force chemical dispersing C-130 aircraft from the 910th Airlift Wing at Youngstown-Warren Air Reserve Station, Ohio, drops an oil dispersing chemical into the Gulf of Mexico as part of the Deepwater Horizon Response effort, May 5, 2010. Members of the 910th Airlift Wing are in Mississippi to assist with response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense's only large area fixed wing aerial spray unit. U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz.

UPDATE:

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will make another visit to the gulf region on Monday and Tuesday to oversee efforts to mitigate the environmental and human health impact of the ongoing BP oil spill. 

The administrator will visit Baton Rouge, Robert and New Orleans, Louisiana seeking a thorough scientific assessment of the spillís impact on the regionís residents and environment. The administrator will meet with EPA response managers on the scene and review the agencyís on-going air and water monitoring efforts. She will also meet with scientists from inside and outside the federal government, including scientists at local universities and from local organizations that have unique knowledge of the environmental challenges facing the gulf coast region and to discuss the potential impact of the use of dispersants on the spill on and below the surface of the water. 

Administrator Jackson will also meet with BP officials, the Coast Guard and other federal agencies to discuss ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of the spill.

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