US fights Gulf oil spill

US halts offshore drilling as some states declare a state of emergency as slick gets closer.

    The US has laid around 217,000 feet of protective boom barriers around the country's Gulf coast after a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico headed to US shores on Thursday night, prompting numerous states to declare a state of emergency.

    Barack Obama, the US president, has ordered all domestic offshore drilling to be suspended amid the threat.

    But there are already signs of criticism against the government's response to the spill, which officials said could trigger a disaster of "national significance".

    Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane reports from Washington. 

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    All Hail The Algorithm

    All Hail The Algorithm

    A five-part series exploring the impact of algorithms on our everyday lives.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    China will determine the future of Venezuela

    There are a number of reasons why Beijing continues to back Maduro's government despite suffering financial losses.