A sense of doom settled over the Gulf Coast as a massive oil slick spewing from a ruptured well kept growing. Experts warned that it could become a nightmare if the Gulf Stream carries it toward the Atlantic.
Boothville, La. is home to a large community of Vietnamese fishermen. The oil spill has forced them to abandon their boats and dive into the cleanup process. Community members say if they don’t help they could lose their sole source of income
In Boothville, Louisiana Vietnamese fisherman met at a public school last week to learn how to help contain the oil spill as a paid volunteer.
As the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico grows in size, frustrated fishermen eager to help contain the spill had to keep their boats idle. Rough seas kept crews away from the slick.
Fisherman are expressing their frustration that the federal government is not offering the protection from a foreign oil company that is necessary to prevent or respond to the disaster. The oil slick was the size of Puerto Rico on May 1, 2010.
President Barack Obama is on his way to Louisiana to get a firsthand update on the massive oil slick creeping toward American shores.
The president is getting a briefing from local authorities Sunday. Traveling with Obama were White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and energy adviser Carol Browner.