Via Steve Brant:
As many of you may know, the catastrophic explosion that caused an oil spill from a BP
offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the shoreline early Friday morning.
The leak is currently releasing 5,000 barrels of oil per day, and efforts to manage the spill
with controlled burning, dispersal and plugging the leak were unsuccessful Thursday. This
oil spill is on track to become the worst oil spill in history, surpassing the damage done by
the Exxon Valdez tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the ecologically sensitive
Prince William Sound in 1989. Unlike the Exxon Valdez tragedy, in which a tanker held a
finite capacity of oil, BP’s rig is tapped into an underwater oil well and could pump more oil
into the ocean indefinitely until the leak is plugged.
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