Gulf Oil Spill Spreads, Damaging Economies, Nature, And Way Of Life

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A pelican rest near an oil slick boom off Bird Island Two June 14,... News PhotoAquatic,Army,BP,British Culture,Containment Boom,Crisis,Emergencies and Disasters,Environment,Environmental Issues,Fossil Fuel,Fuel and Power Generation,Horizontal,Industry,Louisiana,Nature,Oil,Oil Spill,Pelican,Pollution,Resting,Sea,Sea Life,Slippery,USA,Water,Water PollutionPhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2010 Getty ImagesGRAND ISLE, LA - JUNE 14: A pelican rest near an oil slick boom off Bird Island Two June 14, 2010 in Grand Isle, Louisiana. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, some 1,282 oiled birds have been captured in time to be treated with the intention of eventually releasing them back into the wild. The BP spill has been called the largest environmental disaster in American history. U.S. government scientists have estimated that the flow rate of oil gushing out of a ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well may be as high 40,000 barrels per day. President Obama will make his fourth trip to the Gulf on Monday. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)