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Massive Oil Slick Reaches Louisiana Coast

Photo credit: Liz Condo, Associated Press.

A massive oil slick from BP’s drilling rig Deepwater Horizon, has reached the coast of Louisiana. A fire and explosion occurred on the rig April 20, killing eleven crew members. It sank two days later.

The event could become the worst U.S. environmental disaster in decades, threatening to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez in scope, reports The Globe and Mail.

“It is of grave concern,” David Kennedy of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told The Associated Press about the spill. “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.”

Read more about the oil spill, and view interactive maps of the area here.

Photo credit: Liz Condo, Associated Press.

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