An oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening the U.S. coast. Petty Officer 2nd Class of the U.S. Coast Guard, Prentice Danner reported that the Coast Guard has placed fire resistant containment booms along the shores of Louisiana to thwart the oil spill. The Coast Guard is uncertain how far reaching the oil spill has grown and has begun burning off the thickest portions of the spill on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. The Coast Guard is attempting to protect environmentally sensitive marshlands and ocean life along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Winds and resulting currents are pushing the spill toward the mouth of the Mississippi River, home of a multitude of wildlife and the Gulf's richest oyster population.
The oil spill is the result of the Deepwater Horizon platform explosion, owned by Transocean, LTD, and leased by BP. The explosion left many workers injured and 11 missing, presumably dead, on April 20, 2010. The spill has released an estimated 42,000 gallons of crude oil into the sea in the days following the explosion.
BP unsuccessfully attempted to engage shut off valves at the Deepwater Horizon site by deploying four underwater robots on April 27, 2010. BP announced plans to drill a relief well on Thursday, April 29, 2010 but warned that relief well will not stop the massive "blowout" of oil for at least 3 months.
Industry officials predict the spill and associated costs of clean up at an estimated $6 million dollars per day. The relief well is expected to cost $100 million dollars. Replacing the Deepwater Horizon platform is expected to reach $700 million dollars.