May 27, 2010 11:35 AM

Chief drill regulator Birnbaum sacked, as feds increase estimate of spill

The director of the Minerals Management Service, Elizabeth Birnbaum, has been fired in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, a government official told McClatchy Newspapers today. In another major development, the government said a new estimate of the size of the oil gusher is more than twice the original estimate and possibly much more.

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