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Australian oil spill disaster covers 6000 square miles

A massive oil spill from a ruptured well  125 miles of the North coast of Australia is proving to be a massive threat to wildlife. The Montara rig, operated by PTTEP Australia, ruptured on August 21st and millions of litres of oil are continuing to pour into the Timor Sea at a rate of anything up to 2000 barrels a day in an environmental disaster that threatens birds, mammals, fish stocks and other marine life.  The oil slick already covers 5,800 square miles (15,000 square kilometers) and environmental scientists say that even when the rupture is healed, the effects of the spill will take many years to unfold.