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April 30, 2010

New spill map: Where gulf oil is heading


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a map this afternoon showing the approximate oil locations off Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines.

According to U.S. Coast Guard estimates, 1.6 million gallons of oil have already gushed out of a deepwater well 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Oil is leaking 200,000+ gallons a day (5,000 barrels) and officials say capping the exploded well may take months. The ruptured well is in 5000 feet of water was leased by BP Petroleum.

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