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U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels

U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total at Nearly 5 Million Barrels --Over four million barrels of oil gushed into Gulf of Mexico between April 20 and July 15 03 Aug 2010 Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from the BP's well since the Deepwater Horizon spill began on April 20, federal scientists said on Monday in announcing the most precise estimates yet of the well's flow rate. Federal science and engineering teams estimated that 53,000 barrels of oil per day were pouring from the well just before BP was able to cap it on July 15... They reported that of the roughly 4.9 million barrels that had been released from the well, about 800,000 had been captured by BP’s previous containment efforts.