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Gulf Spill

On April 20, an explosion on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico caused a massive oil spill. It is an environmental disaster, having major consequences on the fishing and shipping industries, tourism, habitats of birds and sea creatures, and much more. The widening oil slick will likely affect the gulf coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. While steps are being taken to control the spill, it will take a long time. Many believe this will be the largest oil spill ever in U.S. waters, surpassing the Exxon Valdez spill near Alaska in 1989. That spill was 10.8 million gallons. Right now, Deepwater Horizon is spilling the equivalent of 5,000 barrels of oil every day into the Gulf. One barrel equals 42 gallons of oil. After how many days will the Deepwater Horizon spill be larger than the Valdez spill?