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Oil still gushing into deep water in Gulf of Mexico

Issue No. 2204

THE latest attempts to stop the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico have failed.

White House energy adviser Carol Browner says this is the worst environmental disaster the country has faced—and the leak might not be stopped before August, using relief wells.

At least 20 million gallons have now spilled into the gulf. Eleven workers died when the Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank nearly six weeks ago.

Marine biologist Rick Steine said, “With the failure of the ‘top kill’ attempt, the catastrophe has magnified exponentially.

“This was the last chance to kill this well before the relief wells can kill the well from the bottom.

“BP are left to engineer these options now, during a blowout, rather than having a plan detailing all such options beforehand. That is truly outrageous. It’s like building a fire truck after your house catches on fire.”

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Tue 1 Jun 2010, 18:54 BST
Issue No. 2204
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