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US oil leak 'five times bigger'


The US Coast Guard says five times as much oil as previously thought could be leaking from a well beneath where a rig sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

Rear Admiral Mary Landry said 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) a day were now thought to be gushing into the sea 50 miles (80km) off Louisiana's coast.

Doug Suttles, the chief operating officer for exploration and production at BP, said they had not been able to activate a device known as a blow-out preventer, designed to stop oil flow in an emergency.


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