The Gulf Oil Spill

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Oil Spill disaster affects our environment.

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Gulf of Mexico - Oil Spill

What is Oil Spill : 

What is Oil Spill Oil spill is release of liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the ocean or coastal waters, due to human activity mainly sinking or leakage of oil carrying vessels or oil pipelines, countries at war, illegal dumping by industries, terrorist activities and natural disasters.

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico : 

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Oil from a pipeline in the Gulf Coast is leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico - Rates of leakage range from 5,000 barrels a day (BP estimate) to 70,000 barrels a day (Purdue estimate) to 80,000 barrels a day, which would make this spill even worse than the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989.

What Caused It? : 

What Caused It? An explosion on the BP (British Petroleum) rig on April 20, 2010 caused the rig to sink on April 22 and take 11 worker's lives Exact cause of the explosion is unknown.

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The Deepwater Horizon rig burns as oil leaks into the Gulf of Mexico, more than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip on April 21, 2010.

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More than 50 miles southeast of Venice on Louisiana's tip, an oil slick is seen as the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burns on April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Workers unload oil boom lines to be laid by local fishermen

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Many local fishermen have been temporarily shut down but have been hired by British Petroleum (BP) to lay oil booms in sensitive areas.

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Oil and oil sheen are seen off an island, top, in the waters of Chandeleur

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Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters of Chandeleur .

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Wildlife are vulnerable to the oil spill resulting from the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig.

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Cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico and how badly it has damaged the delicate coast.

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Gulf of Mexico, engineers shutting off the damaged well

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An oil soaked bird struggles for life

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Louisiana's charter fishermen and tourism bosses are blaming negative US media coverage of the Gulf oil spill for doing more damage to the industry than the oil slick itself.

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Unemployed commercial fishermen and their families wait in line to receive hand-outs from New Orleans Catholic Charities

Attempted Solutions : 

Attempted Solutions There were four different attempts at containing and stopping the oil leak : clogging up the ruptured pipeline with golf balls and pieces of tire using remote controlled submarines to spray dispersant chemicals into the oil in order to thin it, which aids in causing all the oil to rise to the surface of the ocean attaching a smaller pipe into the rupture in order to siphon the oil into a storage container the top kill method, which consisted of launching mud and cement into the hole.

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Government officials are being inundated with homespun remedies as they try to prevent the nightmare scenario of oil washing up all over the Gulf Coast, blackening a region known for its abundant wildlife and white beaches. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico rests heavily on the hearts of many. This violation of nature not only speaks volumes about our society's values but also reflects a spiritual crisis.

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Pictures from - http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2010/05/13/captured-the-gulf-oil-spill/ Thank You

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