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WILLIAMS: Good evening.
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: Tonight, again we have the latest pictures from one mile down, 42 miles off the coast of Louisiana . There it is, what used to be the Deepwater Horizon and is now instead a deep water environmental nightmare. Nothing has stopped the billowing, belching oil. Just today, with the first hint of tar being found on some beaches in Florida , before we even knew where it was from, that put a kind of new fear element in this ongoing tragedy. Today the federal government vowed to do a better job regulating the industry, acknowledging this damage is done. But this damage keeps on coming. We begin our coverage again today with NBC 's Mark Potter in Venice , Louisiana . Mark , good evening.
MARK POTTER reporting: And good evening to you, Brian . After two US senators demanded it, BP released that new video showing dramatically and from different angles all that oil pouring into the gulf, and more of it is coming ashore. The video released today shows more clearly than ever before plumes of oil and gas pouring from the damaged oil well and pipe. This video shows the smaller of the two leaks where no attempts have even been made to seal the flow. Oil can be seen billowing from cracks at the top of the blowout preventer. Another video shows oil pouring continuously from the end of the pipe, the biggest leak. Steve Wereley of Purdue University says this latest video convinces him his previous estimate of 70,000 barrels a day leaking into the gulf was too low.
Mr. STEVE WERELEY: I can't say how much in excess of that 70,000 barrels per day this leak is, but it's -- I would use the word considerable.
POTTER: BP says it's now collecting about 2,000 barrels of runaway oil per day. The rest still escaping into the Gulf of Mexico . Today, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said that heavy oil is washing ashore.
Governor BOBBY JINDAL: This is the first time we've seen this much heavy oil this far into our...
POTTER: Today the government released this satellite photo showing the oil spill stretching to the southeast, approaching, but not yet entering, scientists say, the warm water loop current which could carry the oil toward Florida . In response, the federal fishing ban has been extended to match the spill and now covers more than 45,000 square miles .
Ms. KENDRA ARNISON: There are residents in our community getting sick.
POTTER: In Venice , Louisiana , residents living closest to the spill are complaining of health problems seen in other oil disasters.
Ms. ARNISON: He's coughing, gagging, wouldn't -- couldn't hardly sleep.
POTTER: Kendra Arnison 's husband is a commercial fisherman. She wants the federal government to monitor the local environment and provide doctors.
Ms. ARNISON: All of a sudden we have community members all over the place that's getting sick. It's not coincidence. There's no way that this is coincidence.
POTTER: But Arnison and others say no such monitoring and care have been provided. Mark Potter , NBC News, Venice , Louisiana .