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Iowa aquarium highlights Gulf oil spill

4 years ago June 23, 2010 Jun 23, 2010 Wednesday, June 23 2010 Wednesday, June 23, 2010 12:16:46 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa, is underlining a massive
oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by displaying a giant tank, void of life and adorned with representations of globs of crude.

The 40,000-gallon aquarium was initially intended to be packed with sharks, rays and corals from the Gulf.

Up to 127 million gallons of oil have spilled in the Gulf since an April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and blew out a well 5,000 feet underwater.

BP PLC leases the rig from owner Transocean Ltd.

Museum Director Jerry Enzler says he wants visitors to "pause and consider" the delicate balance of life in the ocean.

The exhibit is part of the museum's $40 million expansion opening Saturday.

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