Monday, June 07, 2010

Obama's Elusive Spill Rate & Containment Efforts

The BP/U.S. government Department of Oil Spew Misinformation continues. MarketWatch reported BP's efforts to contain a "10,000 to 19,000 barrel a day" spill.

A containment cap on BP PLC's leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico is now collecting about 15,000 barrels of oil a day, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said at a press briefing on Monday. BP is bringing in equipment from as far away as the North Sea to contain the spill, he said.

The oil major is bringing in a processing platform to handle an additional 20,000 barrels of oil a day, he said. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the government will work up an estimate of total flow from the well in order to assess the cost of the spill to BP. He estimated BP will have to pay "many billions" in penalties.

BP will process 35,000 barrels of day, nearly double the government's official leak rate. The public waits for the government's upper bound of the spill rate.

Now that one containment cap is in place, a second one is planned. How many leak sources are there? What's the projected flow rate of each?

Other outstanding issues include Ken Salazar's report (submitted on May 28), the supertanker pumping solution and Matt Simmons' assessment of fissures spewing oil. Answers must be hiding alongside the upper bound.

Update: Larry says BP only collected 11,000 barrels in a tanker, not the 15,000 stated. Mo pronounced he will no longer use BP's estimate, preferring to rely on Curly's incomplete work. Shemp is conducting experiments on dispersants. When they regroup, the Stooges plan to search for the missing Salazar report.

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