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BP profits overshadowed by oil-spill

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Big profits at the oil giant BP have been overshadowed by the prospect of a massive environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

First quarter net profits more than doubled because of higher crude and gas prices.

But after a drilling platform exploded, 1000 barrels of oil a day are leaking and threatening the coast.

BP is responsible for the cost of the clean-up. Its shares fell.