Volume of oil leak increased once again




It seems like BP was standing by the 5,000 barrels per day estimate only yesterday. then it was 10,000 and then 20,000. Now it’s much higher. So how exactly do we know BP will be able to capture 90% of the leak when they can’t even count how much oil is escaping through their damaged well? How can anyone have any confidence in the numbers when they keep changing?

Two months later and an Oval Office speech and even the “notoriously liberal media” is still wondering where the leadership is on this problem.

A government panel on Tuesday released yet another estimate of the amount of oil flowing from BP’s damaged well, declaring that as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

That is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day, and it means an amount equal to the Exxon Valdez spill could be gushing from the well about every four days.

The flow was already categorized as the largest offshore oil spill in the nation’s history, but the new figures sharply increase previous estimates. Scientists on Tuesday estimated that the flow rate ranged from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day — up from the rate they issued only last week, of 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day. It continues a pattern in which every new estimate of the flow rate has been dramatically higher than the one before.


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