Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico

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Oil Spill Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Coastal Oil Spill

There were 126 workers aboard the oil rig at the time of the blast. An oil rig is a large, offshore platform that is used to house workers and machines needed to drill oil wells in the ocean floor. Most of the workers escaped. Eleven people were missing. Since the blast, over 210,000 gallons of oil spewed daily from an undersea well, located 5,000 feet below the disaster site. The sticky spill covers more than 1,800 square miles. That's larger than the state of Rhode Island. Oil from the leak began oozing up on Louisiana's shores, and could reach the white-sand beaches of Florida .Scientists and environmentalists worry about the huge impact of the oil on sea life in the area. The waters are home to a variety of marine animals, including dolphins, sea turtles and sea birds. Plant life can also suffer from the spill.