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Apr 28, 2010 10:04 AM by Associated Press

Coast Guard will start burning some Gulf slick oil

Authorities will begin burning some of the thickest oil in a massive slick from a rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana.

A Coast Guard spokesman says the burn is expected to begin Wednesday morning.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner says fire-resistant containment booms will be used to corral some of the thickest oil on surface, which will then be ignited. It was unclear how large an
area would be set on fire or how far from shore the first fire would be set.

The slick is the result of oil leaking from the site of last week's huge explosion of a deep water oil rig that burned and sank. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead. Oil continues to spill undersea, where robot submarines have been unable to cap the well.

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