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Missouri National Guard helicopter crew to help with oil spill

Monday, May 24, 2010 | 6:13 p.m. CDT; updated 6:23 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 24, 2010

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri National Guard plans to send a helicopter crew to help deal with the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

A representative from the governor's office said Monday that at least one Black Hawk helicopter, its crew and about 10 to 15 maintenance workers will be going to the gulf this week.

At least six million gallons of crude oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico, but some scientists peg the estimate even higher. Oil has pushed 12 miles into Louisiana marshes and is affecting 150 miles of shoreline.

The oil leak started last month after an explosion killed 11 people on a drilling platform doing work for BP PLC.

 


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