According to CBC News, besides having killed eleven people, the oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster is threatening the ecologically sensitive marshlands of coastal Louisiana. The slick is oozing towards the mouth of the Mississippi river, home to hundreds of species of wildlife and near some of the Gulf’s richest oyster grounds. Attempts to cap the well have failed, so it’s still spewing crude at rate of some 160,000L/day.
So the coast guard has decided their best bet is, get this: Set it on fire! Have they really thought this through? The first thing that comes to my mind is: