Estimates of Oil Volume Far Greater than Previously Reported

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


The sheer volume of oil being released into the Gulf of Mexico each day is far greater than either BP or the Obama administration initially estimated.

According to numbers released by a government panel on Tuesday as much as 60,000 barrels a day could be spewing into the Gulf. This is roughly 2.5 million gallons of oil a day, a staggering amount equal to one Exxon Valdez spill every four days.

BP is capturing only 15,000 barrels a day.

The newly revised estimate is far worse than the 5,000 barrels a day that the Obama administration and BP reported in the weeks following the April 20th oil rig explosion which killed eleven workers.

In other news, BP agreed today to set aside $20 billion dollars in an escrow account to pay damage claims to people and business who live in the Gulf region.

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8 Responses to Estimates of Oil Volume Far Greater than Previously Reported

  1. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    Even if the relief wells work and the oil well is capped by the end of August, the Gulf won’t be healthy again in my lifetime.

    Sadly, I think what we’re seeing is the death of a region and a way of life.

    Big Oil wins. The American people lose — big time.

  2. Peace Nick says:

    This is a nightmare we can’t wake up from.

    I can’t believe this is happening in my lifetime. I am so angry at BP and Tony Hayward. Fuck Usama bin Laden, Hayward is now the most hated man in the world.

  3. DMason says:

    I think the national psyche is damaged from the oil spill. Until the geyser is capped and clean up begins, nothing anyone in Washington says will matter much to the American public. At least this is how I feel.

  4. Capt. Wosocki says:

    The fish, turtles, porpoises and birds, can’t be expected to survive an onslaught of oil in such large numbers. Not when their ecosystems are linked.

    I’m afraid human beings have really done it this time and the repercussions of this spill will be felt by my grandchildren.

  5. Tim Waters says:

    What do we get if we guess the real number BP is hiding. Ohhh a basket of shrimp already in oil you say…. No thanks…

  6. Bee says:

    I’m with Tim, I don’t think that’s the real number either. Crap, how f’ing depressing is that???

  7. Randy Arroyo says:

    So, what’s the plan if the twin relief wells don’t work? I know everyone is waiting with baited breathe for these wells to be completed but, any good manager knows you must have a backup plan. Especially, in this case when each day, more damage to the Gulf is made.

  8. Walk on Socks says:

    I’m not an expert on oil but, the scale and scope of the damage to the region is so huge that the official numbers the Obama administration and BP reported had to be way off.

    Now, NPR says the 120 mile oil cloud is extending to Cuba. What will the Cubanos do to clean up the mess and feed themselves when they can’t fish?

    BP needs to seized and put under the control of the U.S. government and nationalized.

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