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July 28th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

The oil in the sand you can't see

(CNN) – Sometimes it's the enemy you can't see that poses the most serious threat. That's why it could take years before we know the full extent of the damage that's been done to the Gulf of Mexico. Our Rob Marciano found out that thick, black oil doesn't always leave an obvious stain. Watch Video

100 days later, devastation and hope as oil spill efforts take hold


Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
July 28th, 2010
05:51 AM ET

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100 days ago, on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and unleashing a torrent of crude.

100 days ago, on April 20, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and unleashing a torrent of crude.

100 days later, devastation and hope as oil spill efforts take hold

(CNN) – An oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Mexico 100 days ago, setting into motion the worst environment disaster in U.S. history.

The toll to the region has been crushing as millions of barrels of oil spewed from a mile below the surface.

On Wednesday, 100 days on, thousands of workers have lost their jobs, sensitive wetlands have been damaged and tourism is at a near standstill.

But efforts to contain the underwater gusher appear to be taking hold.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft, the federal on-scene commander for cleanup, said a fleet of 800 skimmers collected only one barrel of oil Monday. A containment cap put in place nearly two weeks ago appears to be up to the task.

At the height of the spill, they were collecting 25,000 barrels of oil a day.

"The task that's laid out before us is very clear right now," said retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the man in charge of the federal Gulf of Mexico oil crisis response said Tuesday.

"We have absolute priorities on killing the well, maintaining the recovery, making sure the oil is all removed and making sure the beaches are cleaned up and that the commitment by BP to the people is met," he said.

Crews are back on track to permanently shut down BP's once-gushing wellhead in the next few weeks, if setbacks are avoided and weather permits. Read more

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