Coast Guard to Burn Gulf Oil Slick

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Authorities will begin burning some of the thickest oil in a massive slick from a rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana. A Coast Guard spokesman says the burn is expected to begin Wednesday morning.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner says fire-resistant containment booms will be used to corral some of the thickest oil on surface, which will then be ignited.

It was unclear how large an area would be set on fire or how far from shore the first fire would be set.

The slick is the result of oil leaking from the site of last week's huge explosion of a deep water oil rig that burned and sank.

Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead.

Oil continues to spill undersea, where robot submarines have been unable to cap the well.

The slick is threatening the Gulf Coast seafood industry.

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  • by joe Location: ms on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:23 AM
    What burns my ____ about this oil spill, is that the greedy oil companies create these disasters that kill our animals and pollute our air/waters and the American tax payers have to foot the bill for the expenses / clean-ups.. These greedy oil companies gouge the American people at the gas pumps and also are given billions in tax breaks and cash by the congress and we Americans still have to pay out the nose.. When are the American people going to wake up and smell the roses... Let the oil companies pay the price for these disasters.....
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