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Shrimp boats are used to collect oil with booms in the waters.

It has been a little over three weeks since the April 20th explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the start of the massive and ongoing oil leak.  There have been many attempts  to contain and control the scale of the environmental disaster.  An estimated 5,000 barrels of oil continues to pour into the gulf every day. (Pics)

 

There has been little success with spraying of oil dispersants, erection of containment booms, building protective barriers, controlled burns, and lowering devices  to the sea floor to try and cap the leaks. It is difficult to track the volume of the continuous flow.   Visible damage to shorelines has been minimal to date as the oil has spread slowly.  In the words of President Obama, the scene remains  a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

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Via Crack Two

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