Cleaning the BP mess: this is what happens to our beaches

Over one month after the initial explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, crude oil continues to flow into the Gulf of Mexico. According to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, more than 65 miles of Louisiana's shoreline has now been oiled.

BP announced this morning that it was once again delaying its attempt to shut off the leak. The oil company has been planning to attempt a procedure known as a top kill, in which heavy fluid would be pumped into the well.

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BP oil spill: what now?

In the first sign of progress toward containing the oil gushing from a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, BP engineers on Sunday inserted a tube into the leaking pipe and began siphoning some of the oil to a barge at the surface. If it works, the inserted pipe could keep a substantial amount of the oil out of the sea.

This news follows reports that scientists are finding enormous oil plumes below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.

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Oil drilling: no longer a safe option

In the wake of yesterday's failed attempt to place a containment dome over the breach of the Macondo well (as they are referring to it now), BP is now proposing a new idea - something called a "junk shot."

The effort quite literally involves taking junk - shredded automobile tires, golf balls and other debris - and trying to jam it into the opening of the leak to clog the flow of oil. That's all we need...an ocean full of oil and trash!

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