BP Oil Spill: Containment Cap to Be Tested, Environmental Devastation Spreads

Wednesday, July 14, 2010
By Paul Martin

July 13, 2010

As BP begins to test the new cap that the company hopes will finally contain its gushing leak in the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil continued to roll into sensitive coastal areas today, an assault on the environment that will last long after the leak is finally under control.

New images taken beneath the surface of the Gulf show plumes of oil, choking the sun from penetrating the surface and starving plants of a crucial element for life. Above the water’s surface, experts say that sludge will continue to move onto shorelines for months and maybe even longer.

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