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Gulf oil leak spreads

Gulf oil leak spreads

The oil-drilling rig that that blew up and sank last week off the coast of Louisiana continues to leak about 1,000 barrels of crude daily into the Gulf of Mexico.

In the above satellite photo, released by NASA, the slick of oil from the leak can be seen as a bright metallic glint in the water.  The rig was about 50 miles from the shore. For more images, go here. As of late Tuesday, nearly 50,000 gallons of oil water had been collected and nearly 15,000 gallons of dispersant sprayed on the water.

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Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano pledged a full investigation of the cause of the April 21 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, which left 11 missing and three critically injured.  This has been described as an extremely rare occurrence, but it remains to be seen what impact this disaster has on the Obama administration's recently announced plans to expand exploration for oil and gas off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, including off Maryland.

For more on the spill and cleanup efforts, go here.

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