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Friday, April 30, 2010

Louisiana Oil Spill Gets Worse: New Leak Increases Estimated Spill By Five Times

Rush Limbaugh blames ‘environmentalist wackos’ for massive oil spill

In this April 1989 file photo, an oil soaked bird is examined on an island in Prince William Sound, Alaska, after the Exxon Valdez spill. (AP)
VENICE, La. — An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast Thursday night as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes.

The spill was bigger than imagined – five times more than first estimated – and closer. Faint fingers of oily sheen were reaching the Mississippi River delta, lapping the Louisiana shoreline in long, thin lines.

"It is of grave concern," David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press. "I am frightened. This is a very, very big thing. And the efforts that are going to be required to do anything about it, especially if it continues on, are just mind-boggling." LinkHere


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