NASA Photo: Nat’l Guard Will Stop Oil Slick Threat With Fire

April 29th, 2010 - 12:29 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Apr 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) In images which can be seen below NASA has released pictures of the oil spill that is seeping it’s way to the shorelines of Florida, Louisiana, and other coastal areas. Now the Coast Guard has moved ahead with their plan to burn off some of the crude oil in a slick which is spreading in the Gulf of Mexico, after thousands of barrels of oil have spewed into the ocean after last week’s oil rig explosion. It is estimated that 42,000 gallons of oil are still leaking into the Gulf where the Deep Horizon exploded. Eleven are still missing and presumed dead.

In an announced released by the Coast Guard, it was revealed that fire resistant containment booms would be used to confine the thickest parts of the oil slick before the fire is set. They are calling it a “controlled burn” stating that it would be difficult. “It can be effective in calm water, not much wind, in a protected area,” said Louisiana State University environmental sciences professor Ed Overton. “When you’re out in the middle of the ocean, with wave actions and currents pushing you around, it’s not easy.” On Tuesday, Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary E. Landry said the incident has the potential to “be one of the most significant spills in U.S. history.”

NASA oil slick photo

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