Oil spot in the Gulf of Mexico: disaster spreads

Ecological disaster threatens the USA

In brief: The rescuers don’t succeed in stopping spreading oil spot and it is expected that the coast of Louisiana will de covered by the oil just this weekend.

The authorities of the US state Louisiana have declared the emergency. Oil spot appeared in result of accident on floating platform in the Gulf of Mexico and has already reached the mouth of Mississippi river. This ecological disaster is going to become the greatest in country’s history.

The rescuers don’t succeed in stopping spreading oil spot and it is expected that the coast of Louisiana will de covered by the oil just this weekend. In order to minimize its impact to the coastal line, the guardrails are being built in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. More than 1000 people, 50 ships and a plane take part in the operation. This time they have succeeded in removing about 250 000 gallons of oil. Oil spot spreads to 75 000 km2. The best way to stop it is burning. In result of burning process clots of oil appear in the water which can be removed without any problem. But the weather destroys the work of rescuers.

Now there is a threat to the nature of the Bay: rare types of fish, birds and other inhabitants of the coast may extinct.

British Petroleum is responsible for the compensation for damage and the funding of cleaning operation. The US President Barack Obama also tries to help the rescuers in order to prevent ecological disaster.

Maria Velikanova
2010-04-30 09:33, Society.

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