Oil Spill Gulf Of Mexico 2010 – First hurricane Katrina, now this?! The poor state of Louisiana has had the worst luck. This time, an oil rig off it’s coast exploded and sank, killing 11 people. Even worse, the destruction of this platform has caused a huge pipe to break under water.
This pipe is currently spewing out more than 40,000 gallons of oil a day into the ocean. The spilled oil is reaching as far in as 20 miles from the coast of Louisiana. If the spill continues the oil could cause damage to the beaches of four states, threaten many commercial fishing businesses and damage surrounding Eco systems. The coast guard says the spill is covering a circumference of 600 miles.
There are currently submersibles searching underwater for an emergency valve to the broken pipe. There are numerous other vehicles trying to contain and clean up the oil as well.
This Oil Spill Gulf Of Mexico 2010 has been compared to the 1989 oil spill from the wreck of the Exxon Valdez. The tanker spilled some 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into the ocean. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, there are approximately 26,000 gallons of Valdez crude oil still in Alaska’s sand and soil. This gives you an idea of just how severe this spill is as well.