Sobering aerial views and narration by Alabama resident John Wathen, taken a week ago (May 7):
It was reported yesterday that the rate of the oil flow from the ruptured pipe is (and has been) likely around 70,000 barrels a day — much higher than the official BP estimate of 5,000 barrels a day. Let's hope somebody's calculations are off. At any rate, it's coming from this:
More from Bill Finch here.
The short-term NOAA forecast looks grim for Louisiana's marshes and coastal islands, with Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida continuing to be mostly out of the path through the weekend, but for how long?
[UPDATE, 5/29/2010: With a now-estimated rate of flow of 19,000 barrels per day, BP just announced that the "top kill" attempt failed.]