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US President Barack Obama’s energy advisor Carol Browner has called the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico ‘the worst’ environmental disaster to ever hit the United States. Browner also warned that the leak might not be stopped before August.

The amount of oil leaking from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oilrig has now surpassed 1989′s Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

From a BBC News report:

At least 20 million gallons have now spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, affecting more than 70 miles (110km) of Louisiana’s coastline in the worst oil disaster in US history.

Top kill has now officially failed, next in line is a method using robots called ‘slice and cap’. BP, who claims that it is being unfairly victimized, has so far spent $940m (£645m/€766) attempting to contain the oil leak.

 

Additional resources:

BP, White House Oil Spill Blame Game Heats Up

About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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