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- How did this oil spill occur?
The massive oil spill that is currently growing in the Gulf of Mexico was caused by an expolsion and subsequent sinking of the offshore drilling patform Deepwater Horizon about 50 miles southeast of the Louisiana Delta. The oil well itself was equipped with a piece of equipment called a blowout preventer, that was intended to shut off the flow of oil from the well in the event of an emergency. This device did not function at the time of the explosion, resulting in an unprecendented amount of crude oil countinously flowing into the Gulf.
- Where is the spill located now?
The BP Gulf Of Mexico oil slick encompasses an unprecendented area of over 4,000 square miles in the northern Gulf and is still growing. The gushing well is located in an area called "Mississippi Canyon Block 252", which is an underwater canyon about 50 miles off of the Louisiana coast. That is where the Deepwater Horizon was drilling at the time of the explosion. The location of the spill is affected greatly by current wind coditions and is being tracked and forecast by NOAA. Coastal areas of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida are in the affected area.
- When will the flow of oil stop from the spill?
When the blowout preventer failed at the time of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, esentially put BP into "uncharted terriortory", because there had never previously been a well blown out at such depths where the BOP had failed. BP has tried unsuccessfully to shut off the flow of oil through the failed BOP 5,000 feet below the surface using a fleet of remote submarines. Humans can not survive dives to depths deeper than around 2,000 feet, so all undersea work must be performed remotely in the blowout preventer. BP has begun work to drill another well into the current one to plug the oil flow, but they have warned that drilling the new well to such depths could take up to 3 months.
The entire tourism industry of Coastal Alabama is in now jeopardy as a result of this spill. Reports of loss of income and property damage are massive. Additionally, commercial fishing, shrimping and processing are devastated. Affected areas include Mobile, Dauphin Island, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
The Sunshine State's tourism industry, sugar white beaches and vital fishing industry is at risk as a result of this spill. Widespread cancellations and loss of revenue are already being reported as the enormous spill looms. Affected coastal areas include Pensacola, Pensacola Beach, Navarre Beach, Destin, Fort Walton Beach and Panama City.
The commercial fishing, shrimping and oyster industry of the Mississippi coast is threatened with complete devastation and loss of revenue. Also at risk are the beautiful barrier islands and wetlands. Affected areas include Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula.
The huge commercial fishing, shrimping and oyster industries of the Louisiana Mississippi River Delta are all at risk of complete collapse as a result to this disaster.