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No shoreline impact from oil leak in Gulf of Mexico for 3 days

NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- Officials say it will be at least another three days before there is any shoreline impact from an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

Crews were gearing up Monday to protect the coastline after an oil rig exploded  and sank off the Louisiana coast nearly a week ago. A remote sub is trying to shut off an underwater oil well that's pouring 42,000 gallons a day from the site of the wrecked drilling platform.

Crews are also preparing to drill another well to redirect the oil, something that could take weeks.

The oil is escaping from two leaks in a drilling pipe about 5,000 feet below the surface. The leaks threaten hundreds of miles of coastline in four states.

Whales have been spotted near the spill, but officials say they didn't appear to be in stress.

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