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US Coast Guard Will Try Burning Oil Spill as It Nears Land

US Coast Guard Will Try Burning Oil Spill as It Nears Land

Postby David » 4/28/10

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Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/29/us/29spill.html

The oil slick now covers ~2,000 square miles?!!! 42,000 gallons of oil leaking per day is 1,000 barrels a day. If it leaks for another 60 days, that's approx. 2.5 million gallons or a quarter of what was estimated to have leaked during the Exxon Valdez catastrophe: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exxon_Valdez_oil_spill. Let's hope they can shut it off much sooner than that. With over 3,000 oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, I'm surprised this hasn't happened more often. My heart goes out to the families of the 11 workers killed, such a tragedy for them and the environment.
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Re: US Coast Guard Will Try Burning Oil Spill as It Nears Land

Postby David » 4/29/10

US military joins Gulf of Mexico oil spill effort

The US military has joined efforts to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as fears rise about its scale.

Five times as much oil as previously thought could be leaking from the well beneath where a rig exploded and sank last week, US officials said earlier.

The slick is 45 miles (72km) by 105 miles (169km) - almost the size of Jamaica - and heading for the US coast.

A third leak has been discovered, and a fire-fighting expert said the disaster may become the biggest oil spill ever.

"Probably the only thing comparable to this is the Kuwait fires [following the Gulf War in 1991]," Mike Miller, head of Canadian oil well fire-fighting company Safety Boss, told the BBC World Service.

"The Exxon Valdez [tanker disaster off Alaska in 1989] is going to pale [into insignificance] in comparison to this as it goes on."

Scientists say only a quarter of local marine wildlife survived the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Some 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day were now thought to be gushing into the sea 50 miles off Louisiana's coast, said the US Coastguard's Rear Admiral Mary Landry.

If those estimates are correct, the spill could match the 11m gallons spilt from the Exxon Valdez within two months.

Read on >>> http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8651624.stm

This is exactly what I feared most, the leaking is now estimated at 5 times what they estimated yesterday which puts it up there with the worst oil spills in history....
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