The State of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

| 5/4/2010 4:32:46 PM

Tags: oil, water pollution, Gulf oil spill, BP, offshore drilling,

As most of you probably already know, the current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shaping up to be one of the United States’ worst environmental disasters in recent history.

If you’ve missed out, or just want a central source of information on the event, here’s where things stand at the moment:

Everything started with an explosion on the British Petroleum-leased Deepwater Horizon oil rig on April 20, which killed 11 workers and left several others injured. When the rig sank and turned over two days later, oil from the well began spilling out toward the gulf coast at the rate of 200,000 gallons per day. See this New York Times interactive map for a visualization of the spill.

Area wildlife is at huge risk due to the spill, not to mention the region’s fishing and tourism industries.

The spill could potentially surpass the 1989 Exxon Valdez incident, which spilled 11 million gallons of oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound. As of Saturday, the total size of the spill was estimated at more than 2 million gallons.

Perhaps the scariest aspect of the whole situation is that BP doesn’t seem to have a sure-fire way to stop the spill. The company has made several attempts to seal the leak at the source with remote-controlled vehicles, but has yet to be successful.

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5/18/2010 7:12:46 AM

Gas prices from BP should be frozen as well as BP's assets. Working directly from BP's bank accounts for funding-the government needs to jump in full force to work on this clean up. Enough of who's falt it is, we know that, our world is at stake. Its the only mother earth we have. Stand up Mother Earth News! Take a stand! Rally the troups! Take the lead! Is your heart breaking over the lost of mother nature like mine is?

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