Weather to allow for controlled burn of oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Favorable weather conditions will allow for a controlled burn of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April 28, said U.S. officials.

Weather to allow for controlled burn of oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

Favorable weather conditions will allow for a controlled burn of the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday for the first time since April 28, said U.S. officials overseeing the cleanup and containment operations.Controlled burns remove oil from the open water in an effort to protect shoreline and wildlife.No populated areas are expected to be affected. The Environmental Protection Agency will continuously monitor air quality and burning will be halted if safety standards cannot be maintained, officials said.Meanwhile the White House would back "significantly lifting" a $75 million cap on companies responsible for oil spills, spokesman Robert Gibbs said."We would be in favor of significantly lifting that cap," he told a news briefing.BP Plc and U.S. authorities are struggling to contain a massive, uncontrolled oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that could devastate fishing, tourism and other industries."BP's going to get a bill for the recovery, the cleanup and the damages caused," Gibbs said.Reuters

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