Photo: US Coastguard
The U.S. Coast Guard is warning that the Gulf of Mexico’s ecosystem is threatened by the recent Transocean/BP rig disaster.1,000 barrels a day of oil are leaking into the water, and the the spill is covering 400 square miles of ocean.
Four underwater vehicles have been deployed under the plan outlined by the Coast Guard and US Minerals Management Service. They will dive unmanned to the ocean floor to activate a blowout preventer, a giant series of pipes and valves that could staunch the leak.
Problem is, if the underwater subs don’t work, then it could take months to stop the leak.
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