Sunday, June 13, 2010

Maps of the New FAA No-Flight Zone over the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The FAA has established a new no flight zone over the coastal Gulf of Mexico region. The official map of the ban is below.

Airplanes are not allowed to fly over the oil spill

However, the real story is what the ban is shielding. Using information from by the FAA and Google's Crisis Support webpage we were able to map the no flight zone and show that it is covering up the vast majority of the BP oil spill. One can view our map below, in Google Maps proper, or download it for Google Earth in KMZ.

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High flying planes have no threat to recovery efforts on and below the water. Such a large event demands government and corporate transparency. BP has been rightfully slammed for its delaying efforts in getting news and webcamera footage released, the government should not try to hide the spill from plane passengers and the public.


Anonymous said...

Apparently if there is lightning from a storm, it could ignite the methane that is coming up from the leak.

Catholicgauze said...

I heard that through word of mouth too. However, if that were the case, wouldn't that have happened during Exxon Valdez, 1991 in the Persian Gulf, or the Gulf of Mexico leak of the 1970s?