Oil Slick in Gulf Widens, Heads to Shore

Monday, April 26, 2010

Fire boats battle a fire at the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon April 21, 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. (Getty Images)

A sheen of oil is spreading across the Gulf of Mexico from the site of the rig that exploded and sank last week.

The Coast Guard has not been able to stop a leak 5,000 feet below the surface from which an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil are escaping each day. A team is using remote-controlled submarines to try to seal the well.

Officials say the oil slick is still 30 miles from the shore and its fragile wetlands and fisheries.They expect it to stay away from the coast at least through Tuesday.

Eleven workers who were on the rig at the time of the explosion are still missing and presumed dead.

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