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US fights to contain oil slick

Attempts made to protect coastlines as oil leak crawls towards land, threatening an already fragile ecosystem.

May 4, 2010 8:22 by

The massive oil spill in the American Gulf of Mexico threatens an environmental disaster along the Louisiana coastline, a site of vulnerable wildlife habitat and wetlands. As the oil slick threatens the coastline, booms have been deployed offshore in an effort to contain it.

Locals fear the economic fallout of the spill and the potential business impacts. Authorities warn that it could be months before the source of the oil leak is repaired.

US oil spill in Gulf of Mexico leaking 5,000 barrels a day

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