Burning of oil at leak in Gulf poised to start
An oil company says crews are poised to start setting fire to oil leaking from the site of an exploded drilling
rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of BP Exploration and Production, said Wednesday afternoon that he expects the burns to start later in the day. The effort is meant to protect environmentally sensitive areas on the coast.
The Coast Guard said it has approved the burn plan. It has said a 500-foot boom will be used to corral several thousand gallons of the thickest oil on the surface. It will then be towed it to a remote area, set on fire and allowed to burn for about an hour.
The slick was about 20 miles east of the mouth of the Mississippi River.