Oil spill to reach Miss. River delta soon
The edge of the massive oil slick is 3 miles away and is expected to reach the coast in a few hours.
Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 04:57 PM
ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTER: The Mississippi River delta is home to a variety of waterfowl and other wildlife that is threatened by the oil slick, and wildlife workers are preparing to help. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP)
NEW ORLEANS — A federal official says the leading edge of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to reach the Mississippi River delta by Thursday night.
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration spokesman Charles Henry says part of the slick is about 3 miles from the Louisiana shore.
Officials say they will do everything they can not to disrupt river traffic.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced that BP PLC has agreed to allow local fishermen to assist in the expected cleanup. Under the agreement, shrimpers and fishermen could be contracted by BP to help.
BP operated the rig that exploded and sank 50 miles offshore last week and is directing the cleanup and trying to stop the leak from a blown-out underwater well.