Gallery: Gulf of Mexico Oil Wells Have Been Leaking Since 2004 Hurrican...

 

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When Hurricane Ivan coursed through the Gulf of Mexico in 2004, it knocked out operations at a Taylor Energy Company platform and ruptured several well heads in the area. Since then the wells have been leaking oil into the sea 12 miles south of New Orleans, and according to Grist, efforts to cap the wells appear to have ceased in 2011. While Taylor has stated that the resultant slick is 200 feet wide and 6.5 miles long, NOAA’s estimates suggest that there is a one mile wide, 20.2 mile long oil slick—that’s roughly 80 times larger than Taylor is reporting.

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