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Gulf Disaster Is Largest Accidental Spill Ever, Research Shows

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has spewed nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean, making it he largest accidental spill into marine waters in history, new research shows. The spill from BP (BP)%u2019s ruptured Macondo well easily outstrips the previous record of 3.3 million barrels released into the Bay of Campeche by Mexico%u2019s Ixtoc I rig in 1979, The New York Times reported.