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Gulf oil spill: Oil spill rate could be double previous estimate, government says

Government scientists Thursday said as many as 40,000 barrels of oil have been flowing daily from the blown-out BP well in the Gulf of Mexico, doubling earlier estimates and greatly expanding the scope of what is already the largest spill in U.S. history.

The new figures could mean 42 million to 84 million gallons of oil have leaked into the gulf since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on the night of April 20.

The flow estimates were released by Marcia McNutt, director of the U.S. Geological Survey and do not count any increases that may have occurred since the cutting of the well’s riser pipe, a step that was expected to boost the flow.

Teams using a variety of technologies are trying to calculate how much the riser cut has increased the well release, but they will not have that information for several more days. ”It’s a challenging scientific issue,” McNutt said.

The new flow numbers are the latest in a series of estimates that have steadily grown as scientists analyzed live video feeds. The earliest figure, 1,000 barrels, was supplanted by 5,000 barrels. A government-appointed scientific team then pegged the flow at 12,000 to 19,000 barrels and possibly as high as 25,000 barrels per day.

Members of that team now say the flow could range from 20,000 to 40,000 barrels a day, and possibly up to 50,000 barrels. There are 42 gallons in a barrel of oil.

“Most of the experts have concluded that, given the limited data available and the small amount of time to process that data, the best estimate for the average flow rate for the leakage…is between 25,000 to 30,000 barrels per day, but could be as low as 20,000 barrels per day or as high as 40,000 barrels per day,” McNutt said in a release.

That would mean the gulf oil spill has outstripped the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill by at least four times.

--Bettina Boxall
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Our company has hundreds of thousands of feet of containment and absorbent boom available. We've offered it to BP, and been turned down because they don't want to spend the money. We also have a different textile product that is considerably more effective at absorbing oil, and BP isn't interested. Our government needs to stand up and force BP to use all available resources to clean this mess up.

BP has said all along that it was doing everything in the "worst case" mode and yet in everything they do it appears to be the opposite, with the minimum amount of equipment and manpower. For instance, starting with substituting sea-water for weighted mud on the cementing job which probably initiated the disaster, then the " Top Hat" collection dome was far to small with no means for accommodating hydrates, inadequte means for processing the oil collected, via the recent "cap", and the "cap" still leaking at least twice the amount being collected, using, what they call dispersents, but appear to be emulsifiers designed to mix with the oil and cause it to sink, but doesn't do that either, ending up with the gooey mess we see on TV. Most egregious, not having a means for storing the collected oil (tankers, barges, etc.)and now saying they will burn 63 million gallons of oil, worth over $100,000,000.00 per month and creating an enormous amount of green-house gas pollution. What is up with BP? I guess "worst case", to them, means "resulting in the worst possible outcome".

Hi all,

I found this interesting site

providing updated calculations of the percentage of the waters of Gulf of Mexico replaced by oil for given dates

Environmental groups take tax deductible donations from you and industry to operate global fear-mongering campaigns about the problems of pollution, species extinction and climate change. These eco-groups also lobby intensely for costly government regulations to fix environmental problems. Elite green groups have traded their green “seals of approval” for donations as marketing tools to industry – including to corporate oil companies. The green lobbies have grown to some $1.5 billion in annual tax-exempt assets with the advent of selling “green cred” to industry.

The Washington Post and The Economist have recently reported on the cozy relationships between eco-groups and corporate interests such as BP (British Petroleum). BP is responsible for one of the largest and most ecologically-destructive pollution incidents in history. Oil soaked ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico will be disrupted or dead for years to come. Some of the most politically-influential and wealthy eco-groups have taken tens of millions of dollars from BP, and formed “donor alliances” with other big oil operators to assure continuing corporate cash donations. At some point, these sales of green group endorsements to corporations become a clear conflict of environmental interests.

As a matter of good faith dealing and integrity, green groups should return the millions of dollars in donations from BP. And, BP should apply those millions to the cleanup and recovery in the Gulf of Mexico. Here are a few of the reported BP money and other corporate entanglements that directly benefitted big eco-groups:

· The Nature Conservancy has taken about $10 million in cash and land from BP;
· Conservation International took over $2 million from BP;
· The Environmental Defense Fund (Environmental Defense) campaigned with BP for government carbon cap-and-trade regulations through the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), an alliance of eco-groups and corporate carbon trading ventures;
· USCAP involvements include the Nature Conservancy, Pew Center on Global Climate Change, Natural Resources Defense Council and the World Resources Institute;
· BP had energy business relationships with the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society.

In addition, President Obama was the top recipient of BP campaign money during the 2008 presidential election. Obama collected $71,000, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics. The Obama campaign should return all of its BP money.

Awwww come on this GOM oil spill is SO FAR 4 times larger than the Exxon Valdez.... and you trust BP?

Relearn (learn) just how many perfidious acts BP has been caught out in so far! Then ask yourself, "why are we entrusting the fixing of this entire catastrophe to them?"

BP is ‘doing everything it can’ (so it tells us) to stem the humongous geyser of oil, gushing from the severed pipe, beneath what once was the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The rig exploded and sank, on April 20, 2010 killing 11 workers and injuring 17 others.

I am a Michigan businessman in Livonia,Mi. A business associate, Todd Brown, President of RTG Recovery Systems (a Michigan Firm) was on CNN this morning showing a new technology, partially developed by NASA and RTG that has the ability to eat the spilled oil using bacteria. Unlike Chemicals now used by BP Oil,it is harmless and leaves a Natural residue.
RTG already has a stockpile of this material and can proceed within 48 hours to start treating oil spills,oil plumes underwater, oil in marshes, or any where else it has reached.
This will also help the unemployment figures in Michigan, as RTG will have to hire a large cadre of workers to produce the Biomeadiation particles and to apply it in all the different affected areas.
Please do your best to help this Michigan company and the Gulf States by covering this story. (WWW.RTGRS.COM)
Joseph Marras Sr.

SO according to my calculations, according to the numbers above, so far we have spilled approximately 100,000,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf. Great for all animal life nad the enviromnement, and the people of Louisiana are actually asking that President Obama allow new drilling to begin. Amazing!


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