Fresh fears have been raised over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Robert Weisberg, a physical oceanographer at the University of South Florida says Miami Beach or North Carolina’s barrier islands could be hit if the crude connects with a powerful sea current.
The so-called Loop Current sweeps around the Gulf and is poised to push the spreading black tide towards the Atlantic. Exactly when, however, remains unclear.
If and when it does occur, oil will be pulled quickly south along Florida’s Gulf Coast and out into the Florida Straits.
Meanwhile, BP, the company in charge of the clean-up, is expected to begin a new operation to stem the leak, that’s spewing an estimated 800,000 barrels a day.
It is building a dome to cover the base of the collapsed oil well with installation expected this weekend.
But even if the oil is kept from shore, birds that fly out to sea to catch fish will inevitably be soiled.
Rescuers also fear that the stormy weather that has hampered efforts to contain the spill has also kept volunteers from venturing out into the water.