Oil Spilling into Gulf of Mexico Could Be Higher Than Previously Expected.

MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) - One expert warns that the
amount of oil spewing from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico could
be much higher than previously thought.

There also are worries that even more could escape if the
crippled drilling equipment erodes further.

Ian D. MacDonald, an oceanography professor at Florida State
University, estimates that 8 million to 9 million gallons had
spilled by April 28. That's about five times more than the Coast
Guard has estimated.

BP's chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, says remote cameras
show the flow of oil apparently hasn't changed since the leak was
discovered after the rig sank. He says the flow cannot be measured
and called estimates imprecise.

Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry says people should not get
"fixated on an estimate of how much is out there."

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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