In late April, an explosion rocked an oil-drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico. A pipe near the seabed broke and millions of barrels of oil spilled into the water. It took almost three months to cap the leaking well, and many beaches and wildlife areas were polluted. In this News in Review story we’ll look at the damage and at the desperate efforts to contain it. We’ll also examine whether such an ecological catastrophe could happen here.
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