The Pendleton Panther

Coast Guard Resorts to Burning

Posted on: April 28, 2010

Following the oil spill that took place on Monday, cleaning crews have been hard at work trying to prevent the already Jamaica sized glob of petroleum from expanding further.  The spill tripled in size within the first 24 hours, and now there is a very real concern that the oozing octane will reach the Gulf Coast before humanity can intervene.  One reason that attempts to control the spill have failed is that the source of the spill, a crippled and outdated oil rig, is still seeping 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the sea each day. The slick is at this point within 20 miles of Louisiana’s sensitive fish farms and wildlife preserves, so the need for immediate control has risen.  Now, as a last ditch attempt to contain the spread, the Coast Guard has decided to try and burn off the certain parts of the spill that pose the greatest threat.  Although this technique has been experimented with before, it is a sure sign that all other methods have thus far failed.

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