"This is it. It is over. Summer is lost. Those were Fred Marshall's thoughts as he slumped behind his tiny desk at Gulfstream Marina, worry lines criss-crossing his face, redness framing his weary blue-green eyes in this picturesque beach town.
"With the Deepwater Horizon well capped, federal officials have turned their energies toward holding BP accountable for the environmental damage caused by hundreds of millions of gallons of oil loosed into the Gulf.
"More than two months after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, Pensacola awoke Wednesday to the largest onslaught of black crude on Florida's coast, as more than nine miles of white shoreline and beaches were soaked with syrupy oil." Rich Phillips reports for CNN's AC360 blog June 23, 2010.
The Gulf oil disaster has the oystermen who supply much of the nation's appetite for the bivalves wondering whether they will ever be made whole. The impacts of BP's deepwater gusher spread through the Gulf region and even the nation -- affecting not just economic and environmental health but even mental health.
PENSACOLA — Danger lurks in the waves, but town officials won't close the beaches. They don't want to scare off tourists - or their money - in high season. As in fictional Amity Island, Florida officials find themselves in the jaws of a dilemma. Here the danger isn't a killer shark. It's a greasy, toxic mess leaching onto Panhandle beaches and inland waterways from an underwater oil volcano 300 miles away.
"Under intense pressure from President Barack Obama, BP Plc agreed on Wednesday to set up a $20 billion fund for damage claims from its huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill and suspended dividend payments to its shareholders." Jeff Mason reports for Reuters June 16, 2010.
As the Gulf oil spill continues to spread, where it is, where it's going, and what effects it might have are a growing concern to more parts of the US. Maps, data visualizations, and infographics are key tools for telling this story. Here's a roundup of useful resources. Many of these are hot-linked in the Daily Glob's right-hand sidebar.