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Oil Spill: Friday update


GRAND ISLE, La. (AP) -- Scientists are now estimating that twice as much oil is flowing into the Gulf of Mexico than had earlier been reported -- and some are saying it's even more than that.

But the owner of a motel in Grand Isle, La., says the numbers are meaningless. Wanda Kirby says, "Whether it's five gallons or 5 million, I don't care." She says instead of wasting time measuring it, "we just need to stop it."

Scientists say the oil -- perhaps twice as much as had been thought -- is likely to travel longer distances, threatening more birds, fish and other wildlife.

A marine biologist at Texas A&M says the new estimates may quadruple the harmful effects on the environment.

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