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Coast Guard says to set leaking oil ablaze: Scientific American

April 28

The Coast Guard said it will start a “controlled burn” on Wednesday to battle a giant oil slick from last week’s deadly offshore drilling rig explosion, as the spill threatened wide-scale coastal damage for four U.S. Gulf Coast states.

The leaking well, 5,000 feet under the ocean surface off Louisiana’s coast, has created an oil sheen and emulsified crude slick with a circumference of about 600 miles, covering about 28,600 square miles (74,070 sq. km), the Coast Guard said on Tuesday. That’s slightly bigger than the state of West Virginia.

via Coast Guard says to set leaking oil ablaze: Scientific American.

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