Gulf of Mexico oil spill

*The oil slick from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached the mouth of the Mississippi River and is moving toward delicate ecosystems for birds and marine life.

Booms were set in place to prevent oil from reaching grasslands and sandy beaches, but have become ineffective with five-foot swells pushing oily water over the boundaries.

Hundreds of species of fish, birds, and other wildlife living on the Gulf Coast will be threatened as the oil reaches shore. The spill is five times larger than first estimated and is threatening to become America’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

With 200,000 gallons of oil leaking out of the underwater well each day, The Daily Beast’s Kate Sheppard says President Obama should rethink offshore drilling.

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