Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Estimate: BP's Oil leak Was Between 20,000 and 40,000 Barrels Per Day

CNN is reporting as breaking news that the new estimates for the BP oil leak was between 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day through last week. The figures are from the head of the U.S. Geological Survey.

BP initially has said that the leak was 1,00 barrels per day. Since they now say they are capturing around 15,000/16,000 barrels per day, that still leaves between 4,000 and 24,000 barrels not captured.

The lies keep getting bigger and bigger. Not just the lies, but the damage.

"The new estimate is of the well's flow rate prior to BP's cutting of the damaged riser pipe extending from the well's blowout preventer last week, U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt said. After BP cut the riser on June 3, it placed a containment cap over the preventer's lower marine riser package to capture some of the leaking oil.

Scientists estimate that the spill's flow rate increased by 4 to 5 percent after the well's riser pipe was cut last week in order to place the cap atop the well.

BP says that with the cap, it is capturing about 16,000 barrels daily and funneling it to a ship on the surface. Before that, BP was capturing some oil through a siphon inserted into the well riser".

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