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Thursday night oil from the British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico reached Louisiana’s shores, threatening coastal wildlife – one of the United States’ most sensitive natural habitats. The rig is spilling around 5,000 barrels of oil into the Gulf per day, some five times more than previously estimated.

For more information watch this BBC News video report.

Also check out the below video report from NBC’s Today Show on the oil spill’s coastal threat and what teams of workers – along with the US and local governments – are doing to combat the disaster.

msnbc reports that US President Barack Obama has halted plans for new offshore drilling in the wake of the spill.

Oil slick reaches Gulf Coast

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About The Author: Graham Land

Greenfudge editor and London-based writer Graham Land grew up in the suburbs of Washington, DC, where he was part of the local hardcore punk scene, playing in several bands. Through this musical movement he became involved in grass roots interests such as anti-racist activism, animal rights and Ecology. In 2000 he relocated to Europe, eventually earning an MA from Malmö University in Sweden. He has also lived in Japan, Ireland, Portugal and Greece.



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