File picture from the US Coast Guard shows fire boats battling the blazing offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon. US officials have approved a “controlledburn” to protect ecologically fragile coastlines from a spreading oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard said Wednesday.(AFP/USCG/File)
This aerial photo shows oil in the Gulf of Mexico, eight miles off the Southwest Pass of the Mississippi River at the Southern tip of Louisiana on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. About 42,000 gallons of oil a day are leaking into the Gulf from the blown-out well drilled by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Eleven workers are missing and presumed dead. The cause of the explosion has not been determined.(AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Oil from last weeks oil spill from a BP oil rig will move onto the coast this weekend. Shellfish, shrimp, and other natural wildlife could be seriously affected. The oil rig that caught fire last week has sunk to the bottom of the Gulf and at least 5000 barrels of oil is still leaking from the submerged oil well.