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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill – minimizing the impact

It’s all over the news – a huge oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico that is threatening precious Gulf of Mexico ecosystems. This leak is the result of an accident on an oil rig being operated by BP, which appears to have claimed 11 lives. Initially, it was believed that the sinking oil rig would only result in a small spill from the oil that was currently stored on board. Instead, we now have multiple leaks from the oil well that are flooding approximately 5,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

This oil threatens ecosystems, wildlife and will surely have a crushing impact on the Gulf’s fishing industry that provides 40% of the seafood consumed in the United States.

In response to the spill, this country is deploying multiple tactics  to contain the oil including:

1. corralling it with booms

2. setting it on fire

3. injecting it with chemicals

4. drilling relief wells to stop the flow

5. setting up an umbrella-like structure over the oil leaks to contain the oil

Reality is that none of these measures will completely protect the environmentally sensitive Gulf Coast region. All we can do now is attempt to minimize the damage.

For those who haven’t seen it, there’s a report about the oil spill in the Gulf on CNN that I would recommend.

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