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Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico this 2010 and Images from Google Earth: The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is becoming more and more of an environmental concern as time passes by. It all started with an oil rig explosion last April 20, 2010 which eventually led the oil tank to sink two days later about 40 miles off the Mississippi River delta.
Several actions were already taken by various groups to contain the oil spill threatening to pollute the nearby Gulfs posing harm wildlife and other sea creatures. British Petroleum Agency (BP) PLC, which owns the oil rig operated by the Swiss drilling company Transocean, has already dispatched more than 30 ships, capable of skimming in excess of 170,000 bbl. of oil a day, to counter any that does spill. Several crews operating submersible robots have been trying to activate a shut-off device that would stop the flow of oil on the sea bottom 5,000 feet below but to no avail.
Alternatively, one other solution to contain the oil spill is tocreate a dome-like device to cover oil rising to the surface and pump it to container vessels. However, BP said that this particular solution will take about two weeks to put in place.
Several oceanographers have claimed that the magnitude of the oil spill was huge and that it will definitely have an impact on marine life. They also claimed that the oil spill also threatened oyster beds in Breton Sound on the eastern side of the Mississippi River as winds and currents in the Gulf moved the oil spill steadily toward the mouth of the Mississippi River.
We hope that the oil spill can be contained as fast as possible to avoid further damage to marine life and other nearby beaches. This oil spill is definitely one of the worst man-made environmental disasters.
If you want to know the extent of the damage caused by this oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, below is a satellite image showing it:
As per latest reports, the oil spill is now within 12 miles of Louisana coastline and if not contained could reach the coast on Friday April 30 so a state of emergency has been declared in the region so that government and local agencies can now get involved in the clean-up process.
Unfortunately, a third leak in the oil rig was discovered, which is gushing five times more oil in to the water than other leaks, and that translates to about 5,000 barrels a day.
UPDATE: As of today, US President Barack Obama ordered every single available resource to contain the oil spill which is more likely to exceed with what happened on Alaska’s 1989 Exxon Valdez to preserve the wildlife in the coastline of Louisana.