Air Force sent to help with oil spill


    The U.S. Air Force is being sent down to Mississippi to help clean up the massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast.



     

     

     

     

     

     

    The U.S. Air Force is being sent down to Mississippi to help clean up the massive oil spill on the Gulf Coast.


     
    The
    Associated Press reports that two C-130 planes from Ohio’s Youngstown Air Reserve Station are in the region waiting for orders to dump oil-dispersing chemicals into the water.


     
    This news comes as the oil slick has reached the Louisiana wetlands. Sate Gov. Bobby Jindal has requested funding to pay for the 6,000 National Guard troops that have been sent to provide help with security and engineering tasks, among other things.


     
    Geoff Morrell, a rep for the Pentagon, said the federal government is fulfilling its duty to the people of the Gulf Coast, stating, "We are confident that we are providing what has been asked of us and what is required of us at this point.”
     
    However, with oil still spewing from an undersea well near the Louisiana coast, Morrell acknowledged that more military help may be required because "this is a dynamic, changing situation."
     
    According to
    Reuters, oil is gushing out into the water as a rate of nearly 210,000 gallons a day. The spill could spread to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida over the next few days. 


     
    It’s estimated that the entire clean up effort could cost as much as $3 billion.


     

     

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