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88,200 gallons of oil just spilled into the Gulf of Mexico

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A drill ship in the Gulf of Mexico. (Adventures of KM&G-Morris/Flickr)

The Atlantic Ocean is off the East Coast, and the Pacific Ocean is off the West Coast. The body of water off the southern coast of the US is the Gulf of Mexico. And in that gulf, just off the coast of Louisiana, is now a big oil spill.


88,000 gallons of oil in the water created an oil slick stretching 2 miles.

Cleanup efforts are underway. A lot of people oppose underwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, especially since the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. Oil spills threaten wildlife and ecosystems.

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88,200 gallons of oil just spilled into the Gulf of Mexico

Holly Epstein Ojalvo

Holly’s mission is to inform, inspire, and empower engaged activists who will change the world. She was previously an editor at The New York Times and a high school teacher. She spent her brief 20’s slump at a mousepad factory. Holly earned a B.A. at Lafayette College and M.A.'s at U Delaware and NYU. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and cat, Tomie Twotone. Follow: @heoj.

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