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Florida lawmakers ask President Obama for "immediate action" to quantify the amount of oil in the Gulf

In a letter to President Obama, members of Florida's congressional delegation say they want to begin "investigative efforts" to "better quantify the amount, distribution and nature of oil that is moving below the surface in the Gulf of Mexico.

"It is clear that oil is moving into these strong loop currents and could bring oil to our coastlines within a few days," they wrote. "What is much less clear is how much subsurface oil is heading towards our shores...We do not know the dimensions, nature or movement of the threat."

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who circulated the letter, called it "deeply disturbing that oil is moving into the Gulf loop current and there is insufficient data regarding how much oil remains below the surface and whether or not that oil is moving in tandem with the surface oil. Florida’s environment and economy depend upon accurate information so that we can prepare as best possible for the potential damage caused by oil reaching our state."

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