Disasters

Oil Spill Approaches Florida Keys

It feels like hurricane season: Gulf Coast residents are anxiously eyeing the path the oil spill will take, hoping it doesn’t sully their beaches. So far, weather has mostly kept the slick off the coastlines, but it’s approaching the Loop Current, which would carry the oil south along the Florida coast and into the Florida Keys. Officials expect it will take another week before one hoped-for solution—the placement of a huge box over the source of the leak—is in place. Meanwhile, the Alabama Press-Register notes that the federal government did not have a single boom on hand when the oil leak began.