April 30, 2010
The US administration has banned oil drilling in new areas of the US coast while the cause of the oil spill off Louisiana is investigated.
White House adviser David Axelrod told ABC TV it wanted to know exactly what led to last week’s explosion on the BP-operated rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
As many as 5,000 barrels of oil a day are thought to be spilling into the water, threatening US coastal areas.
Florida Governor Charlie Crist declared a state of emergency on Friday.
The order, which covers Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties, says the oil slick “is generally moving in a northerly direction and threatens Florida’s coast”.
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