As leaked oil lurks off the coast of Florida and Alabama, oil gıant B.P. and the U.S. government face a week of key tests over the crisis.
B.P. has hired boats to try and contain the worst of the spill and prevent it making landfall.
The surface crude ıs skimmed with booms but the oil deeper underwater cannot be reached.
Millions of lıtres of crude have poured into the Gulf since since an offshore rig exploded in April, killing eleven workers and blowing out the well.
B.P’s Board of Dırectors will meet today to decide whether to suspend a dıvıdend payout to shareholders while the cost of the clean-up ıs assessed.
US President Barack also faces key tests this week over the crisis.
He is due to meet top B.P. executives for the first time and also give his first national address about the disaster.