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Default US Coast Guard sets fire to giant oil slick as it nears Louisiana

US Coast Guard sets fire to giant oil slick as it nears Louisiana - Americas, World - The Independent

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The US Coast Guard set fire to parts of a growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico last night in a desperate effort to keep it from reaching shore and hopefully avert an ecological calamity.

It was the first time a controlled burn of this kind had been attempted off the US shoreline. "Right now, it's a test burn. We're trying to see how it works," Chief Petty Officer Steve Lehmann said. "We want to make sure we do it right. You need to herd it up and group it a certain way, and then there's the whole lighting of it."
Did anybody see this in any US News? It's from April 29th.
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Default Re: US Coast Guard sets fire to giant oil slick as it nears Louisiana

I saw the original reports. It supposedly went very well. But we have heard no more about using this method. I don't know why. Weather conditions possibly?
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