Click to use the Talking Dictionary82. BP: Busted Pipeline, Bitter Public


82. Millions of gallons of oil were pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. A pipeline had broken. The drilling platform had burned and sunk. Workers had died. The oil poured out of the broken pipe, a mile beneath the surface of the gulf. The oil company tried to stop the flow. It poured golf balls into the pipe. It poured mud into the pipe. It put a steel cap on the pipe. Nothing worked. Oil was on the water. Oil was in the water. Oil was on the beaches. Oil was in the marshes. It was killing fish and birds. It was an environmental disaster. Fishermen stopped fishing. Nobody would buy their fish. Nobody would eat their fish. It was an economic disaster. In May, the oil company said it might be able to stop the flow by September. "Our vacations are ruined," said tourists. "Our livelihoods are ruined," said locals. 3.3


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