Excerpted from “Gulf of Mexico spill may hit coast this weekend” By Chris Baltimore, Reuters, Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:57pm EDT
A giant oil slick from a deadly offshore drilling rig explosion could hit the fragile U.S. Gulf Coast shoreline this weekend as the White House and Congress launched separate probes into the worst offshore incident in nearly a decade. …“If this doesn't give somebody pause, there's something wrong.” — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist¹
“The explosion, ensuing fire, and continuing spill raise serious concerns about the industry's claims that their operations and technology are safe enough to put rigs in areas that are environmentally sensitive or are critical to tourism or fishing industries.” — statement signed by Senators Bill Nelson, Frank R. Lautenberg, Robert Menendez²
Well, that kind of sucks. To the East Coast, welcome to the shape of things to come.[ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shape_of_Things_to_Come"]³[/ame]
Excerpted from “Concern Grows About Impact of Gulf Oil Spill” By LESLIE KAUFMAN, The New York Times, Published: April 27, 2010
With a massive oil slick now within 20 miles of the ecologically fragile Louisiana coastline, Coast Guard officials said they were considering a “controlled burn” of the petroleum on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.
Rear Adm. Mary Landry, the federal on-scene coordinator for the spill, said Tuesday that the joint government and industry task force had been unable to stop crude from streaming out of a broken pipe attached to a well 5,000 feet below sea level. …