The official estimates for the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico were dramatically increased yesterday.
At the start of the incident, shortly after the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, it was officially estimated that around 1,000 barrels of oil a day were leaking from the seafloor. That estimate was quickly raised to 5,000 barrels with some saying it could actually be over 50,000 barrels.
At the end of May the official estimate was raised again to between 12,000 and 19,000 barrels day. Now the Flow Rate Technical Group has produced a bevy of new estimates ranging from 25,000 to 40,000. Crucially, legal liability established for a spill can be linked to its size.
The really scary thing: these estimates come from before BP sliced the riser pipe from the well to put its containment cap in place. Cutting the pipe may have actually increased the flow.
BP says it collected 15,400 barrels of oil via the cap yesterday. So assuming the pipe cutting did not make the flow worse, there are at least 10,000 barrels still leaking into the Gulf. Every day.
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“Stand Up For Your Country Mr Cameron”
UK paper the Daily Mail demands the country’s Prime Minister David Cameron has words with US President Barack Obama about ‘BP bashing’.
“I believe that would be the reason. We don’t have any enemies.”
An employee of a Highway 51 BP petrol station thinks people shooting at his windows were motivated by the Gulf disaster (WREG).
“BP is preparing to defer payment of its next dividend to shareholders by placing the money in an escrow account until the full scale of the company’s liabilities from the Gulf of Mexico disaster can be determined, The Times has learnt.”
The Times says no money will be reaching shareholders this year.
Image: booms around pelican habitat on an island in Barataria Bay, 10 June / US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Critchfield.