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Coast Guard: new oil leak found in Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS (WKOW) -- The Coast Guard says a new leak has been found at the site where an oil rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico last week.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry says the leak is five times worse that previously thought. 5,000 barrels or 100,000 gallons a day is now estimated to be leaking. Officials had been saying for days that it was 1,000 barrels a day, which amounts to about 42,000 gallons.

Real Adm. Landry also says the Secretary of Homeland Security has briefed President Barack Obama on this new information. She says the government has offered to have the Department of Defense help contain the spill.

Landry says National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration experts upgraded the figure based on aerial surveys, study of the trajectory of the oil slick and other factors.

Officials say the leading edge of the oil was about 16 miles from the mouth of the Mississippi River.

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