Deep Horizon

42,000 gallons of oil per day into Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (AP)-- Coast Guard crews raced to protect the Gulf of Mexico coastline Monday as a remote sub tried to shut off an underwater oil well that's gushing 42,000 gallons a day from the site of a wrecked drilling platform.

The oil is escaping from two leaks in a drilling pipe about 5,000 feet below the surface. The leaks threaten hundreds of miles of coastline in four states, with waters that are home to dolphins, sea birds, and prime fishing and tourism areas.

Deep Horizon Oil Well Gushing 42,000 Gallons Into Gulf Of Mexico Per Day