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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Oil wells still leaking off Alabama's Gulf coast nearly eight years after Hurricane Ivan ruptured them have discharged far more oil than official Coast Guard estimates, according to an environmental group.
A report Skytruth, a nonprofit that monitors environmental pollution using satellite images, says the cluster of wells has gushed between 20 and 100 times more oil since 2004 than an estimate of 12,720 gallons given by the Coast Guard last week.
A cluster of leaking wells in the Gulf may have released as much as 1.2 million gallons of oil since 2004, when they were damaged during Hurricane Ivan, according to a report from the Skytruth environmental group.
The group’s estimate is 100 times higher than a U.S. Coast Guard estimate of 12,720 gallons provided by the agency on Thursday.
Coast Guard officials said their calculation was based on “daily reports” filed by the wells’ owner, Taylor Energy Co. LLC.