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Tropical Depression Alex Causes Concern for Gulf Clean Up

Tropical depression Alex is being viewed with some concern by both BP and the US Coast Guard as it moves into the southwestern gulf. Alex is likely to make BP’s clean up drive and oil collection efforts difficult in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meteorologists expect Alex to make landfall as a hurricane on Thursday between Brownsville, Texas and Tuxpan de Rodriguez Cano, Mexico.

This graphic shows an approximate representation of coastal areas under a hurricane warning (red), hurricane watch (pink), tropical storm warning (blue) and tropical storm watch (yellow).

The thick oil from the spill washed ashore in Mississippi for the first time. The oil spill is already endangering wildlife, tourism and fisheries along the US Gulf Coast. The globs of brown oil and rainbow oil sheen on tourist beaches at Ocean Springs, Mississippi is now awaiting BP contractors to start the massive cleanup operation.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made a proposal for a global pollution fund at the G20 summit in Toronto to deal with such contingencies. A special consolidated fund created from collection of dues from oil producing companies would pay for the insurance of such risks.

It is an idea under debate, but it will not help BP who needs to shell out the millions to clean up the current oil spill.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel Scanlon

Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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