Monday, 28 June 2010


From the "Oh dang, I done it again" department.
In June 1979, the Ixtoc I well blew out in the Bay of Campeche off Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, coating 170 miles of the south Texas coast and eventually dumping 140 million gallons of oil into the Gulf before two relief wells stopped the flow nine months later. It is the worst oil spill in peacetime history but could be eclipsed in about three weeks by the Deepwater Horizon spill if higher-end flow estimates prove accurate.
Warm water definitely helps break down the nasty bits. A pity about Prince William Sound, Alaska, oiled in 1989 and still hurting.

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