The US Coast Guard say it could take years to assess the full impact of the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on marshes, beaches and wildlife in the area.
The grim news comes as BP announced they are due to increase the number of barrels of oil collected by its containment cap at the ruptured well to 20,000 per day.
Admiral Thad Allen commander of the Coast Guard said the biggest problem faced by the authorities is the fact that the oil has broken up into patches across the surface and is spreading in all directions.
President Obama continues to point the finger of blame BP’s way.
“This will be contained. It may take some time and it’s going take a whole lot of effort. There is going be damage done to the Gulf coast and there is going to be damage done economic damages that we are going to make sure that BP is responsible for and compensates people for. But the one thing I am absolutely confident about is that as we have before we will get through this crisis.”
Latest estimates suggest that between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels a day are spewing into the waters with BP having spent over one billion euros on the response effort to date.