Friday, June 20, 2008

Fear the Loop!

The St. Petersburg Times (via, has a piece on how drilling along Florida puts a large portion of its coast at risk.

If the boundary for oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico moves within 125 miles of Florida (shown in dark green in the image below), a broad segment of the state's coastal beaches would be at risk for pollution, oceanographers say.
The two pictures above shows the Loop Current, which flows toward Louisiana and then down Florida's western coast. This current could extend the reach of any pollutant.

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