Efforts to siphon oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico will be put on hold for the next five days. A storm, bringing with it gale-force winds, is threatening the area and the U.S. Coastguard are saying the time is needed to shut down the operation. While work is stopped, the oil could flow into the sea unchecked for the next two weeks.
The US government estimate that as much as sixty thousand barrels are flowing into the sea daily, despite several efforts to plug the leak.
Meanwhile, shares in BP, who are now responsible for the biggest oil spill in American history, slumped to a fourteen year low on Friday. British Prime Minister, David Cameron is expected to discuss the issue President Obama when they meet in Canada on Saturday.