A breached well has been pouring oil into the Gulf of Mexico for two months now. Nonstop. According to the Associated Press, as much as 125 million gallons may have flowed so far. (Yahoo! News has a roundup of weekend developments. And continuous updates on the story, often many a day, are available from AP and from Reuters.)

Over the weekend, drilling crews raced to build relief wells and Gulf Coast residents were infuriated by reports of BP CEO Tony Hayward attending a yachting competition. BP — which leased the oil rig that exploded April 20, killing 11 workers — pledged last week to set up a $20 billion fund to help relieve people whose businesses and lives have been affected by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history.

With an earthquake or tornado, the damage is immediately evident. But the oil spill isn’t like that. Officials can’t survey the damage and begin rebuilding. The oil keeps coming and coming, and cleanup workers can only try to keep the oil from the shores, from the animals, from the way of life that people in the Gulf know and rely on.   For photos click here

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