Coast Guard Considers Fighting Gulf Oil Slick With Fire
If oil gets on the birds, cleanup crews will find the islands hard to reach, accessible only by boat. “It's a pristine area,” said Eugene Turner, a Louisiana State University ecologist. “I can't think of anything good that could come from this.”
The Exxon Valdez disaster, which dumped 11 million gallons of oil into Prince William Sound, still dwarfs this spill. Experts say that at Deepwater Horizon’s current flow rate, it would take more than 260 days to rival Exxon Valdez; but if the flow isn’t stemmed, it could become one of the worst spills in US history.