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Disaster looms as officials find new Gulf oil leak

Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico , Photo Credit: Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard Oil spill in Gulf of Mexico , Photo Credit: Courtesy: U.S. Coast Guard

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard says a new leak has been found at the site where a oil platform exploded and sank off in the Gulf of Mexico.

Rear Adm. Mary Landry says that 5,000 barrels a day is now what is estimated to be leaking. Officials had been saying for days that it was 1,000 barrels a day.

Landry says the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration says a better estimate is 5,000 barrels a day.

Oil is pouring into the Gulf from a site where the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank last week.

Officials say the leading edge of the oil was nearing the Louisiana coast and could impact it as early as Friday evening.

Meanwhile, Alabama leaders are working overtime to keep the disaster from knocking on Alabama's door. CLICK HERE for coverage of Alabama's reaction to the mess. On a federal level, Alabama's senators are seeking help.

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