Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill

Most oil spills happen during hurricane season. The oil spill is from the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform that sank April 22nd. No one knows when this most recent threat to the marshes and estuaries of the Gulf Coast will end. Oil continues to come unchecked from the seafloor of the wrecked rig, about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. Everyday there are 210,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Gulf waters.

The oil spill is harming lots of ecosystems. Ron Kendall, a ecotoxicologist, says that "Occurring in spring, the new spill coincides with the time Gulf species are spawning or giving birth". This is very bad and sad. The only solution is to drill another well and intersect the old well bore, then pump heavy mud and cement into it. I hope this problem gets fixed soon.

Link: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/58846/title/Gulf_oil_spill_a_slow-motion_hurricane_

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