Photo of the Day: 1 May 2010

Photo: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert/Boston.com PHOTO OF THE DAY 1 MAY 2010 Thick smoke rises above the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig in t...


PHOTO OF THE DAY
1 MAY 2010


Thick smoke rises above the burning Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 21, 2010.

Crude oil is pouring out at a rate of up to 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons or 955,000 litres) a day, according to government estimates, but experts said the quantity of crude escaping was difficult to measure. Forecasters predict the spill will soon invade the coastlines of Mississippi as well as Alabama and Florida, which both declared states of emergency.

So far, efforts to plug the oil leak have failed. If unchecked, it will take about 50 days to eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, the worst U.S. oil spill, which sent 10.8 million gallons (49 million litres) of crude oil into Alaska's pristine Prince William Sound.




President Barack Obama's administration heaped pressure on London-based energy giant BP, the majority owner of the blown-out well, to do more to shut off the flow and contain the spreading slick.



Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said on CNN,


"The problem here is we have a leak that's uncontrolled right now, leading to a source of oil that's not infinite, but it's very very large, and we're not going to know the total impact and the oil release until we actually shut it down."



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