Gulf Oil Spill Reaches Land

Spill could become worst US environmental disaster in decades
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 29, 2010 11:52 PM CDT
A shrimp boat, bottom, heads up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico in Port Eads, Louisiana.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Crews scrambled to protect wetlands and fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp as oil began to wash ashore on the Gulf Coast last night. Officials warn that the spill from a BP rig—which is five times bigger than had been believed—could be America's worst environmental disaster in decades. Sensitive wildlife habitat and rich fishing grounds stand to be devastated.

"It is of grave concern," an official at the NOAA told the AP. "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." Louisiana has declared a state of emergency and has requested 6,000 National Guard troops to help protect its coastline.
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