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Apr 29, 2010 4:48 PM by Melissa Canone

Oyster Harvester Can Smell Oil Coming

EMPIRE, La. (AP) - A man whose family has been harvesting
oysters on the Louisiana coast for three generations says he can
smell the oil coming.
Mitch Jurisich spent part of today hauling in oysters --
stopping to eat some -- because it might be the last chance to do
so before they get contaminated by oil.
The oil that's been pouring into the Gulf from near the site of
a rig explosion last week is oozing toward the fragile coastline. A
federal official says the leading edge of the spill is expected to
reach the Mississippi River delta tonight.
The federal government has sent in skimmers and booms to try to
help contain the oil. And Gov. Bobby Jindal has declared a state of
emergency, freeing up resources to deal with the oil when it comes
ashore.
President Barack Obama has sent three top officials to help with
the spill, and says he'll use "every single available resource"
to deal with it.
If the well can't be closed, more than 4 million gallons of oil
could spill into the Gulf before crews can drill a relief well to
alleviate the pressure.
By comparison, the Exxon Valdez leaked 11 million gallons into
Alaska's Prince William Sound in 1989 in the worst spill in U.S.
history.

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