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Gulf oil spill worse than thought

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America’s biggest ever oil spill became a whole lot worse after scientists revised their estimates over of the amount of crude oil flowing from BP’s stricken well.

UP to 60,000 barrels per day are now thought to be spewing out, that’s double previous estimates and means nearly two million barrels have been dumped into the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in April.

BP says it will attempt to add a second dome later today to capture more of the oil – the original cap has obviously not proved up to the task.

And as the black sludge increasingly impacts on the beaches and wild life, the oil company’s chairman is due to discuss the latest developments with President Obama.

BP is going to be told to set up a compensation fund, administered by an independent third party, to help all those affected by the spill.