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Oil Spill

Oil Spreading across the deep sea of Gulf of Mexico
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Amanda Miller

on 29 June 2010

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Oil Spill The Cause The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was caused by an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oilrig. The explosion occurred on April 20, 2010. The oilrig sank on April 22, 2010, causing massive amounts of oil to begin leaking into the Gulf of Mexico.
The Deepwater Horizon was owned by Transocean Ltd. However, it was leased by a British energy company, known as BP. BP, will be held responsible for the cleanup and costs of the oil spill. Eleven workers who were on the Deepwater Horizon were presumably killed in the explosion (they have yet to be found). Another seventeen workers were injured. That is not to mention the countless numbers of animals and organisms that have been and will be killed or injured over the next days, weeks, months and possibly even years. Animals
A June 7th update is reporting 594 birds, 250 sea turtles, and 30 mammals as perishing directly as a result from the oil spill in addition to currently 466 oil-slicked but alive birds, turtles, and mammals

Animals that undergo treatment and clean up efforts may survive however there long term effects remain unknown as to what oil absorption and ingestion will do to them.
Kevin Costner
An Actor that is selling 32 centrifuge machines that he designed to BP. The oil giant reveals early tests show the devices have significant promise in helping clean up the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico

Costner, who has spent $24 million of his own money on the technology, said he had been developing the machine since the early 1990s with the help of his brother, a scientist.


The devices are manufactured by Ocean Therapy Solutions and will be carried to the spill area on large vessels. The boats have to come to shore to dump their loads of 90 percent water and 10 percent oil. The largest of the machines, the V20 which costs $500,000, is able to clean water at a rate of 200 gallons a minute


Wildlife organizations are especially fearful about a handful of endangered or nearly endangered species in the immediate affected zone. Animals such as the brown pelican, nearly extinct in the 1960’s and particularly vulnerable to oil, the 400 Florida manatees that migrate annually to Louisiana in the summer, and the nearly extinct Kemp’s Ridley turtles that rely on the Gulf as its sole breeding ground

Questions And Answers 1.How far has the oil advanced along the Gulf Coast? --oil has made landfall along hundreds of miles of the Gulf Coast, from Freshwater Bayou in the middle of Louisiana’s coastline, all the way to the Florida panhandle to just outside Panama City 2.How much oil has spilled so far? Estimated to be 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day now, from 1,000 barrels a day originally Animals
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