Monday, 3 May 2010

The latest in Gulf of Mexico oil spills

Recently saw these photos of oil spills in Mexico and it is quite alarming. What happen is that when the BP-operated Deepwater Horizon rig sank on 22 April it began spilling oils as many as 5,000 barrels a day into the water. They say it would take 3months to drill relief wells that could fully contain the spillage, but then during these months that oil is still in the waters, it could make a huge impact of disaster on the golf coast. On the news, US President Barack Obama has described a sprawling oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico as a "potentially unprecedented" environmental disaster. He said the focus was now on preventing any further damage to the Gulf coast and his government would do whatever it takes to clean up the oil, adding that BP was responsible and must pay.

According to the latest news today of BBC, the Oil giant BP has acknowledged it is "absolutely responsible" for cleaning up a huge oil spill after an accident at one of its wells off the US coast. BP has said it will honour legitimate claims for compensation from people affected by the spill. The said oil spill clearing could run into billions of dollars and would take months to fully clear the waters of the coast, but until then this environmental disaster could also affect livelihood of people from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida as most of this places host a multi-billion-dollar fishing industry.

I have here a satellite image released on Saturday showed that the slick had grown roughly to the size of Puerto Rico - about 3,500 sq miles (9,000 sq km). This was taken from BBC news website.

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