water in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking about one-thousand barrels of oil a
day, creating what a Coast Guard spokeswoman calls a "very serious spill."
The well is below a drilling rig that blew up and sank into the Gulf earlier
Petty Officer Connie Terrell said all available resources are being used to
try to contain the spill 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana.
Stormy seas have forced a hold on the cleanup operations for the time
The Coast Guard Friday suspended a search for eleven missing workers from
the rig, who are presumed dead.
Tuesday's explosion was the worst rig disaster since 2001, when eleven
workers were killed when a rig operated by Petrobras exploded off the coast of Brazil.