Coast Guard to Set Gulf Oil Spill On Fire, in Desperate Effort to Save Coastline
April 28, 2010
(ChattahBox)—The sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig off the coast of Louisiana is spewing out crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of 42,000 gallons per day. And the spill is headed for the environmentally sensitive marshlands and coastal areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. Efforts to cap off the deep-water well have failed, so in a last-ditch effort to save the shoreline, Coast Guard officials plan to set the oil slick ablaze.
The mobile oil rig, leased by BP PLC and owned by Transocean Ltd., exploded on Tuesday and sunk into the Gulf waters on Thursday. On Saturday, crude oil began leaking at a rate of 1,000 barrels a day.
“Fire-resistant containment booms will be used to corral some of the thickest oil on the surface, which will then be ignited, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner. It was unclear how large an area would be set aflame, what would used to do it and how far from shore the first fire would burn. The slick was about 20 miles east of the the mouth of the Mississippi River.”