BP welcomes military help for larger Gulf oil leak

An oil rig is seen in the background from the Chandeleur Islands, home of the Breton National Wildlife Refuge, off the Southeastern coast of Lousiana Tuesday, April 27, 2010. The barrier islands are at risk from a growing oil spill and leak in the Gulf of Mexico, caused by the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig last week. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

April 29, 2010 9:44:54 AM PDT
A massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is even worse than believed and as the government grows concerned that the rig's operator is ill-equipped to contain it, officials are offering a military response to try to avert a massive environmental disaster along the ecologically fragile U.S. coastline.