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159. The Oil Spill
Millions of gallons of oil were pouring into
gulf. A pipeline had broken. The drilling platform
burned and sunk. Workers had died. The oil
freely from the broken pipe. It was a
beneath the ocean surface. The oil company tried
stop the flow. It poured golf balls into
pipe. It poured mud into the pipe. It
a steel cap on the pipe. Nothing worked.
was on the water. Oil was in the
. Oil was everywhere. It was on the beaches.
was in the marshes. It was killing fish
birds. It was an environmental disaster. Fishermen stopped
. Nobody would buy their fish. Nobody would eat
fish. It was an economic disaster. In May,
oil company said it might be able to
the flow by August. “August? There go our
white beaches,” said Florida residents.