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Biologist: Oil Flow Numbers Worse For Environment

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A marine biologist says new estimates for the amount of oil spilling out of a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico may quadruple the harmful effects on the environment.

Researchers say new figures for the blown-out well show the amount of oil gushing out may have been up to twice as much as previously thought. That could mean 42 million gallons to more than
100 million gallons of oil have already fouled the Gulf's fragile waters.

Paul Montagna, who is a marine biologist at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi, says the more oil spewing from the leaking well means it can travel over a larger distance.

He told The Associated Press on Friday that the effects of the oil spill will likely be seen for at least a decade  and perhaps longer.
      
      
     

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