A massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is slowly starting to reach the shore, according to reports.
Up to five thousand barrels a day are thought to be leaking from the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig which sank on 22 April after an explosion in which 11 workers lost their lives.
The delicate eco-system of the gulf coastline is rich in wildlife including the brown pelican, many species of duck, turtles, and whales.
There are fears that the disaster could reach the scale of the 11m gallon Exxon Valdez spill off Alaska in 1989.
For more details, visit the BBC News webpages devoted to this disaster by clicking here
Posted by D.Drake