After the worst oil spill since the Exxon Valdez, the first waves of a massive oil slick have hit the Gulf Coast. On April 20, an explosion and fire on the BP-operated Deepwater Horizion oil rig killed 11 workers and caused multiple leaks in an oil well 5000 feet beneath the water’s surface. The well is spewing an estimated 200,000 gallons or roughly 5000 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico each day and could take months to stanch. As it hits shore, the slick could wreak havoc on wildlife for years to come. It has already disrupted economic activity. The Washington Post reported that as of May 2, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) suspended commercial and recreational fishing from the mouth of the Mississippi River to Pensacola Bay, Florida for at least 10 days.

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