'Ecological disaster' looms as oil spill hits Po

ROME (AP) - An oil spill that fouled a small river in northern Italy has reached the River Po and officials are warning that an ecological disaster is under way.

Milan regional officials say the cause of the spill was likely sabotage at a former refinery, and that an unknown amount of gasoline and oil spilled into the Lambro River near Piacenza.

The ANSA news agency estimates the amount at 600,000 liters (158,500 gallons).

Legambiente environmental group says the spill reached the River Po on Thursday despite overnight efforts by civil protection crews to contain the sludge.

Legambiente's regional president Damiano di Simine says the oil slick had damaged the Lambo's flora and fauna.

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