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Louisiana shore sees heavy oil as BP prepares plug

VENICE, La., May 20 (Reuters) - Heavy oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill threatened Louisiana marshlands on Thursday after washing ashore for the first time since a BP-operated rig exploded a month ago, sparking ecological disaster.

Calling it a "day that we have all been fearing," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said on Wednesday that heavy oil -- not simply tar balls or sheen -- had entered the state's prized wetlands.

"It's already here but we know more is coming," he said.

The marshes are the nurseries for shrimp, oysters, crabs and fish that make Louisiana the leading producer of commercial seafood in the continental United States. A large no-fishing zone in Gulf waters seen as affected by the spill has been imposed.

Energy giant BP Plc (BP.L) scrambled to contain crude from the gushing undersea well, which ruptured after an April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers.

The company said it is now siphoning about 3,000 barrels (126,000 gallons/477,000 liters) a day of oil, from what it has estimated was a 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons/795,000 liters) a day gusher.

The company said it could begin injecting mud into the well as early as Sunday in a bid to permanently plug the leak.

BP shares closed down nearly 2 percent in London on Wednesday, extending recent steep losses.

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very sad news...

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Louisiana shore sees heavy oil as BP prepares plug

very sad news...

It is sad news. The fisheries in that area are done for there will be no shrimp or oysters coming out of the gulf for many years to come. Our unemployment problems in this country just got worse because of it. How many thousands of people in the fishing industry are not going to be able to work?

I predict we see BP going by the way side in the near future. They have lied about how much oil is going into the gulf, and one of the VP's said the other day that the damage is minimal at best. My God the entire gulf coast is at risk and now we must deal with Cuba because the oil slick is heading toward their coast.

This disaster is just starting and the people who live and work along the gulf are the ones who are going to be suffering the most!
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