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BP Oil Spill Update: Oil Spill May Kill Record Number of Animals

There are looming fears that the BP Oil Spill at the Gulf of Mexico might kill a record number of animals. The oil spill incident is larger than the Exxon Valdez oil spill which have killed an estimated number of 250,000 animals. Now that BP might exceed that four to five times may mean more animal getting killed and the affected area unfit for fishing for a considerable amount of time.

Also, new data regarding the BP Oil spill is out as an internal BP document was leaded out. According to the document the actual amount of oil spill gushing out in the Deepwater Horizon amounts to 100,000 barrels of oil a day and not just 30,000 to 50,000 barrels. This adds up to the previous findings that BP Plc was to blame for the oil spill as it sacrificed safety for profits. In fact BP might still be profiting from the oil spill some experts says.

Earlier, more oil gushed out after an undersea robot collided with a system intended to capture crude leaking from the worst spill in U.S. history. However, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who is in charge of dealing with the oil spill, assured everyone that all is working well and that the containment cap is still capturing oil. A record 24,000 barrels was collected June 22 before the collision incident happened.

The massive oil slick created by the Oil Spill in the Deep Water Horizon rig is already causing a toll on sea creatures and animals. As of today the spill had caused the shutting down of rich fishing grounds, deaths of hundreds of sea turtles, seabirds, dolphins and other species. It has also made a toll on the coastlines of four U.S. states.

The slick of oil is now also reaching Pensacola Beach in Florida and is being washed ashore. This will have tremendous effect on the health of not only the animals living nearby but also on the people that lives near the beach, as well as affect air quality.

Earlier last week massive amounts of dolphins and sharks are showing up in the shallow waters of Florida. Meanwhile in Alabama, the same phenomenon was being witnessed with mullets, crabs, rays and small fish, as well as birds covered in oil. Some of the creatures retreat to the marshland in order to seek refuge and some of them eventually die there.

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As the animals seeks cleaner waters in order to survive they now also become a threat to other areas not affected by the oil spill because they would carry with them oil residue. Since sea creatures might travel for miles and some even in groups these oil residue may reach and affect animals miles away from the Gulf of Mexico.

President Barack Obama had already issued a staunch statement against BP and a moratorium on offshore drilling. Unluckily however, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of oil companies and soften the moratorium a bit.

The number of affected animals and the environmental damage of the BP Oil Spill will not be determined until the oil leak is shut off permanently, cleaning begins and an assessment made.

BP Plc should pay the high price for their negligence.

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