posted on May, 21 2010 @ 09:06 AM
Originally posted by loam
I have to say that even I find this article hard to believe.
Moreover, why Tampa?
Why not Clearwater? St. Pete? Half a dozen other cities on the immediate beach?
Tampa is protected by a bay and peninsula. If Tampa requires evacuation, then I'm almost certain it is not because of the oil.
There are different places concidering their options.
Here they are talking about burning. The air becomes a lethal concoction of toxic chemicals with known cancer causing agents and other severe health
effects. Do you want to be down wind from the burn offs?
As crews struggled to contain the oil slick, Coast Guard officials said Tuesday they were considering setting fire to the contaminated water to burn
off the crude. Pools of oil far offshore would be trapped in special containment booms and set aflame as soon as Wednesday.
"If we don't secure this well, this could be one of the most significant oil spills in U.S. history," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said.
A similar burn off the coast of Newfoundland in 1993 eliminated 50 to 99 percent of captured oil. However, burning the oil also creates air pollution,
and the effect on marine life is unclear.
[edit on 21-5-2010 by liveandletlive]