While the technology required to drill an oil well in deep water can be mind-boggling, cleaning up spilled oilrequires mostly tedious manual labor. No grand vacuum for tar balls has been created; workers in disposable coveralls pick them up by hand. BP has no marsh hoses; men in waders wipe sticky oil off dying grass one handful at a time. With fishing curtailed, BP offers cleanup jobs at $12 an hour. Some of the methods being used:
SOURCES: Staff reports, U.S. Coast Guard, BP | GRAPHIC: Bonnie Berkowitz and Alberto Cuadra - The Washington Post - June 8, 2010. Note: All figures are as of June 6, objects not to scale.
BP oil spill cleanup and containment Photos | BP, the government and an army of volunteers are fighting to contain and clean the millions of gallons of oil spewing from the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico.