06/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Oil Spill And Shore Concerns: Spill Worse Than First Thought

An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control with a faint sheen washing ashore along the Gulf Coast Thursday night as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes.

The spill was bigger than imagined -- five times more than first estimated -- and closer.

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