The Gulf of Mexico oil slick closed in on Florida last night as US officials shut down fishing in the region's waters and efforts to contain the leak hit another snag.
THE GULF of Mexico oil slick closed in on Florida last night as US officials shut down fishing in the region's waters and efforts to contain the leak hit another snag. Florida would be the fourth state hit by the oil since an April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig, 80km off the Louisiana coast, killed 11 workers.
The latest official projections from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) show the slick to be about 11km off Florida's shores and officials warned its arrival on pristine tourist beaches is imminent. A University of Miami study showed the oil slick's surface area stretched across 24,435sq km of the Gulf - triple the size of satellite imagery from May 1.
The BP oil spill is continuing to pour hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf Of Mexico on a daily basis. BP started cutting one of the three pipelines that are leaking the oil but hit a snag in the operation earlier in the week.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist alerted Florida residents about the threat of oil approaching the state and advised people to keep their eyes open. Charlie Crist has sent a letter to BP requesting that the oil company send $50 million to help Florida pay for the costs of preparing for the giant Gulf oil spill that’s heading toward the state’s beaches.