www.alternet.org -- The US military has joined efforts to stop an oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico as fears rise about its scale. Five times as much oil as previously thought could be leaking from the well beneath where a rig exploded and sank last week, US officials said earlier. The slick is 45 miles (72km) by 105 miles (169km) - almost the size of Jamaica - and heading for the US coast. A third leak has been discovered, and a fire-fighting expert said the disaster may become the biggest oil spill ever.
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