Last week an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded and sank, killing eleven oil rig workers. The oil rig, which is leased to BP, has spilled more than 5,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and the Coast Guard and BP have been working to corral the oil. Efforts have been fruitless thus far, as the Coast Guard is set to light the oil on fire today because of it’s close proximity to the Louisiana coastline (within 20 miles). BP has been working to shut a large valve on the ocean floor that will prevent more oil from leaking, but they have been unsuccessful. The spill is currently 80 miles long and 40 miles wide and continues to grow. At least a new drilling rig was moved into place on Tuesday, replacing the destroyed one.—Ryan Brower
For more on this head to NPR and keep up on Surfrider’s blog dealing specifically with offshore oil drilling here.