Efforts to stop the oil from spewing from the uncapped well that resulted from the April 20 explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon do not appear to be working. The robot submarines haven't been able to cap the well. Experts are not "super optimistic" about the chances that the burn-off of already escaped oil will do much good. Birds, mammals and fish are in serious danger.

Perhaps most scary is this observation in the attached AP report: "If the well cannot be closed, almost 100,000 barrels of oil, or 4.2 million gallons, could spill into the Gulf before crews can drill a relief well to alleviate the pressure. By comparison, the Exxon Valdez, the worst spill in U.S. history, leaked 11 million gallons into Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989."

For those keeping score, that is 38% of the oil released from the Valdez, and it's moving to the northeast (read: right toward our coast). I'm afraid this will be horrific.


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