Massive oil spill in Gulf of Mexico heads to shore

Posted: April 30, 2010 in natural disasters, Uncategorized

Reuters 30 April 2010
VENICE, Louisiana (Reuters)

A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico washed up to wildlife refuges and seafood grounds on the Louisiana coast on Friday, as authorities struggled to avert what could become one of the worst U.S. ecological disasters. With leading edges of the huge slick lapping up to outlying marshes and waterways on the fringes of the Mississippi Delta, the U.S. Coast Guard prepared protective booms along the coast in Louisiana and other at-risk states in a desperate bid to prevent oil from soiling the shore.

The leak from a blown-out oil well on the ocean floor off Louisiana is pouring out crude oil at a rate of up to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons or 955,000 liters) a day. The White House said on Friday that no new drilling would be allowed until a review was conducted of the oil spill, which happened after an offshore rig exploded and sunk last week.

Obama has pledged to “use every single available resource,” including the U.S. military, to contain the 120-mile (193-km) wide slick, while making clear that London-based BP, the majority owner of the ruptured well, was responsible for the cost of the clean-up. The spill has pounded BP’s share price and those of other companies involved in the project.

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