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"Whale" Arrives in Gulf as BP Oil Spill Reaches Record


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01 July 2010, 8:11 AM
With 140-million gallons of oil in the water, monster skimmer is needed

<Update 7/6: High seas have disrupted testing of the "A Whale" oil skimmer, the Coast Guard reports.>

<Update 7/1: Speaking of whales, a number of whale sharks have been spotted in the oil spill area, which is particularly bad for them, as they are plankton eaters—meaning they sieve the oil-laden waters. The species is among six described as most threatened by the spill, according to AOL. Other species listed are sea turtles, bluefin tuna, sperm whales, dolphins and brown pelicans.>

A record described as "notorious" in a USA Today headline is being reached today in the Gulf of Mexico as BP's oil spill tops the estimated 140-million-gallon mark. The previous record Gulf spill was 139 million gallons in the 1979 spill off Mexico's coast—but it took a year of gushing to get there. BP's spill has been gushing from its blown-out well since April 20 at up to 2.4 million gallons a day.

Even as that unhappy record is being achieved, the federal government has brought on scene the latest attempt to clean up the oil. A monster skimmer ship—3 1/2 football fields long and 10 stories high and named the "A Whale"—chugged in today, especially equipped to skim as much as 21 million gallons of oiled water per day—if the EPA gives the go ahead. The ship has never been tested.

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Then concentrate on digging for a new well after they had completely sealed it off. To put a cap on it and retrieve oil at the same time was insane. sesli sohbet

Why didn't the BP people just put a 100 ton block of hollowed concrete over the oil well and stop it alltogether. Then concentrate on digging for a new well after they had completely sealed it off. To put a cap on it and retrieve oil at the same time was insane.

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