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US15-year-long oil spill is the longest in U.S. history

06:15  16 march  2019
06:15  16 march  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

A no-paper jam: Printer ink spill blots all interstate lanes

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"A 14- year - long oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico verges on becoming one of the worst in U . S . history ". ^ "Shell And The N 15 bn Oil Spill Judgement Debt". The Daily Independent (Lagos).

The Gulf oil spill is officially the largest accidental spill in world history . It began when an oil well a mile below the surface of the Gulf blew out, causing an explosion The long -term effects of the oil and the 1.82 million gallons of dispersant used on this fragile ecosystem remain unknown, but experts say

Port Eads, La. — In 2004, Hurricane Ivan plowed across the Gulf of Mexico and triggered an oil spill that is still leaking. It's the longest continuous oil spill in American history.

Captain Rick Jiannuzzi took CBS News to where the Taylor oil rig once stood.

"Wherever it looks smooth, that's all the sheen," he said.

From the air, that sheen is visible for miles and you can even see it from space. Fifteen miles out, you can also smell it.

In 2004, Hurricane Ivan destroyed the MC20 oil platform operated by Taylor Energy. The company has spent over $400 million working alongside the U.S. Coast Guard to contain and clean up the spill which Taylor estimates has been leaking at a rate of about ten gallons a day for years.

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NEW ORLEANS — An oil spill that has been quietly leaking millions of barrels into the Gulf of Mexico has gone unplugged for so long that it now verges on becoming one of the worst offshore disasters in U . S . history . Between 300 and 700 barrels of oil per day have been spewing from a site 12 miles off

An oil spill is the release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment, especially the marine ecosystem, due to human activity, and is a form of pollution. The term is usually given to marine oil spills , where oil is released into the ocean or coastal waters, but spills may also occur on land.

15-year-long oil spill is the longest in U.S. history© CBS News villafranca-longest-oil-spill-new-orleans-rem81-02-frame-22786.jpg But Florida State oceanographer and oil spill expert Ian MacDonald, who has studied the site for the government using underwater technology, thinks the leak is closer to 96 barrels a day. MacDonald convinced the Coast Guard that more oil is leaking than previously thought.

"We're talking about coming up on half a million barrels of oil," he said. "What's happening now is the Coast Guard and the government is saying wait a minute, we're going to take charge because we think that you're underestimating the amount of oil."

In a statement to CBS News, the company said, "Taylor Energy is raising the alarm about the junk science the Coast Guard is now using to justify activities that could destabilize the site."

The Coast Guard is now working with a private contractor to cap the well and will demand Taylor Energy pay the bill. But the fight over the spill has moved from the Gulf to a courtroom because Taylor has pursued legal action to block the containment.

Until the leak is stopped and the courtroom battle ends, we won't know how the spill will affect the marshlands or the fish and wildlife.

Illinois House votes to require LGBT history curriculum be taught in schools.
Lawmakers in the Illinois state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to approve a plan that includes historical figures in the LGBT civil rights movement in K-12 textbooks, NPR reported. The measure, which now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D) desk for a signature, requires schools to include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks. Supporters of the rule say the measure is intended to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in schools by teaching students about the historical place of LGBT figures in American society.

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