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| BP oil well gushed 4.9 million barrels: US|
| Updated at: 0405 PST, Tuesday, August 03, 2010|
WASHINGTON: The US government on Monday said BP's ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico gushed an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil, of which 800,000 barrels were captured, making it the largest accidental oil spill ever.
"Overall, the scientific teams estimate that approximately 4.9 million barrels of oil have been released from the well," the joint response command that includes BP and the US government said in a statement describing the new estimate.
"Not all of this oil and gas flowed into the ocean; containment activities conducted by BP under US direction captured approximately 800,000 barrels of oil prior to the capping of the well."