HOUSTON We could be in the beginning stages of one of the worst environmental disasters in decades due to the massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico.That oil slick has already stretched to the Louisiana coastline.

The ruptured oil is still spewing crude oil about 50 miles off the coast of Venice, Louisiana.

At marinas in and around that area, commercial fishermen wait knowing that somewhere out there, lies uncertain doom.

The fishermen rely on the sea for their livelihood and many have no option but to await their fates. It s not a question of if it will hit, but when .

The Lady lyanna and her nets have sat idle for five days now.So has commercial fisherman Vin Nguyen.

It s scary because the oil is about to hit the land and that s not what we expected to happen.The shrimp, the crab and fish, everything is going to be gone.We don t know for how long, he said.

More than a week after the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off the Louisiana coast, a well, nearly a mile deep, continues to spew 210,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf each day.Now an oil slick the size of Delaware threatens to make landfall, threatening marshland, fish and wildlife. It is a potential disaster on both environmental and economic levels.

Hundreds of fisherman unable to ply their trade crowded the Venice Elementary School for a HazMat course in hopes they might be hired to clean up the mess, that for the moment, has shut them down.

(It) might mean we can keep working.Might not be doing what we love to do, but we ll still be able to work, said Jason Melerine.

Melerine dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to become a fisherman.

It s my life, it s all I know, he said, and he doesn t know what will become of it.

Several officials in the Obama Administration arrived on the coast today. They plan to get to the bottom of what happened and make sure those responsible are held accountable.

President Obama also ordered a suspension of all new off shore oil drilling leases until rigs have new safeguards to prevent another explosion.

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