Thursday, May 20, 2010

Oil Catastrophe Estimated at 4 Million Gallons per Day

The CBS video shows BP clearly in charge, from defining security rules for the Coast Guard to officially estimating the size of the leak based on underwater video. McClatchey reports:

The latest video footage of the leaking Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico show that oil is escaping at the rate of 95,000 barrels — 4 million gallons — a day, nearly 20 times greater than the 5,000 barrel a day estimate BP and government scientists have been citing for nearly three weeks.
That means the siphon is not collecting 3/5ths of the spill, but 3/100ths. Despite the spill being an environmental crime scene, video of the numerous leaks is under BP's total control.

BP's risk managers are in charge. Obama's government plays the willing partner. Who knew the Coast Guard would enforce BP's rules?

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