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Oil rig spill off Louisiana could threaten coastline

There are fears of an environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, as efforts to clear up an oil spill have been suspended because of bad weather.

A drilling rig leased by the oil company BP exploded and sank off Louisiana coast last Thursday.

Some 1,000 barrels of oil a day are now leaking into the sea from the damaged well, officials say.

Richard Lister reports.


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