Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Oil spill to reach Europe, Arctic

Oil spill to reach Europe, Arctic

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The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is gradually finding its way toward Europe and the Arctic to damage, endangering wider ecological basins, scientists say.

Briefing a congressional panel on Friday, senior US scientists warned that the bad consequences of the massive oil leak are not confined to the US coasts, and the wildlife are endangered in a far broader scope.

"This is not just a regional issue for the wildlife," Carl Safina, the president of the Blue Ocean Institute, was quoted by CNN as saying. He noted that the Gulf of Mexico is home to a variety of marine lives as many "come into the Gulf to breed."

Safina said the British Petroleum, the operator of the deepwater damaged well, was responsible for the spill.

"I think asking BP for answers is the wrong place to look," he told members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

"They seem to have cut corners on some critical junctures. We keep asking their permission to go down and measure the oil that's coming out. ... This mystifies me, because they are on our property now."

Thousands of barrels of crude are gushing into the sea water every day.

The BP has employed a variety of techniques to stop the oil flow but it has so far failed to solve the problem.

Both BP and the US government are under fire for failing to stop the oil leak.

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