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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

(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.

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"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.
(Read more Louisiana stories.)

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