As cleanup crews attempt to contain he massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they have at their disposal an arsenal of new technologies never before available in such a disaster.
Following the explosion and subsequent sinking of the semi-submersible offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, environmental experts are talking about one of the country's worst environmental catastrophes in decades. Now it's a test of that new technology as they look to contain the damage.
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