UK Today News: Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill Update – Oil Slick Likely To Be Burned To Prevent Further Damage
The Oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico seems to be spreading fast across the waters and it is possible that oil will be burned to contain it from spreading further.
Reports have come in that crews today began a major effort to burn up the oil spill before it hits land and possibly results in an environmental disaster. CNN reports that there was a test burn that was done in the evening and it is likely to be done for the entire oil spill very soon.
The Oil spill is spreading across the water at an alarming rate as 42,000 gallons of oil gushes out from an underwater well that broke after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded and sank last week. The oil rig explosion claimed the lives of 11 workers since their bodies have never been recovered.
This is one of the worst oil slicks of our time with, the slick already stretching for about 100 miles across the north-central gulf. It also happens to be within 16 miles of the mouth of the Mississippi.
There are fears that the oil spill may damage shellfish and wildlife.