May 10, 2010 – This week, BP announced that it had spent $350 million to date on efforts to clean up last month’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. With the catastrophe entering its 20th day, estimated leak yields a figure of 95,000 barrels, or about 4 million gallons of oil spilled into the ocean so far.
Adding another casualty to the spill, the shrimp season along the U.S. Gulf Coast was closed on Sunday – one day before it was scheduled to open.
After a first attempt to cap the leak failed, BP said Monday that it will attempt to lower a smaller dome over the leak point. The larger dome failed because it became clogged with ice crystals as a result of cold temperatures and crushing water pressure a mile beneath the surface.
BP also announced plans to attempt a “top kill” option aimed at stopping the flow of oil from the well by injecting shredded rubber into the well as a stopper. Meanwhile, the Army National Guard planned to airlift sand bags along a four-mile stretch of coastline between Port Fourchon and Jefferson Parish line to act as a barrier against the oil.
The oil slick is currently moving west toward richer fishing grounds in Louisiana and approaching Texas, and is forecast to cover about 200 miles of the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Mississippi Delta, Breton Sound, the Chandeleur Islands and areas directly north have a potential for shoreline contacts on Monday.
“With continued winds from the southeast or east, potential oil contacts could reach as far west as Oyster Bayou on Tuesday, and Atchafalaya Bay on Wednesday,” NOAA said.
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