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NEW ORLEANS – 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.
Originally posted by eightonefive
they should toss a bunch of animals in the water, their fur and feathers seem to soak it up pretty well.
Originally posted by Beach Bum
Sometimes it's just not a good idea to light something flammable on fire in such a large amount in one place, just my thoughts but it can't be good. Here's a better idea contain it ,filter out the sea contaminants, and use it.
Originally posted by Demogator
I repeat in bold for those that might....Why don't they fashion large humongous balloons they can take to the spill underwater, fill with the pressure available, tie it off and let it float to the top. oil is lighter than water so they float up.It's so comparatively simple.