Oil disaster continues to leak poison into the Gulf

<p>Oil from BP’s out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said yesterday, as public anger surged over the country’s worst environmental disaster.</p>

 

Oil from BP’s out-of-control Gulf of Mexico oil spill could threaten the Mississippi and Alabama coasts this week, U.S. forecasters said yesterday, as public anger surged over the country’s worst environmental disaster.

 

U.S. government and BP officials are warning that the blown-out deepwater well feeding the catastrophic spill may not be shut off until August as the company begins preparations on a new but uncertain attempt to contain the leaking crude.

 

The disaster, reaching its 42nd day yesterday, is already the largest oil spill in U.S. history and officials are treating it as the country’s biggest environmental catastrophe.

 

Although Louisiana’s wetlands and fishing grounds have been the worst hit so far by the spill, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said moderate southerly and southwesterly winds this week may start moving oil closer to the Mississippi Delta.

 
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