Runaway Gulf Oil Leak At Least Five Times Larger Than BP Says
May 14, 2010
(ChattahBox)—-The gushing oil leaking from the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig, is likely four to five times larger than the current estimate of 5,000 barrels a day. BP has been fending off calls to take steps to provide a more accurate measure of the flow of crude oil poisoning the Gulf waters, insisting such a deep leak can’t be measured. But scientists say BP is dead wrong and more importantly, obtaining a correct measurement is vital to cleanup efforts.
After BP finally released a brief video clip of the gushing underwater oil, experts were in shock at the rate of the runaway leak, realizing it’s far more serious than 5,000 barrels a day. But BP says the firm is more focused on stopping it than trying to find a way to measure it. Kent Wells, a BP senior vice president, said “There’s just no way to measure it.”
And BP spokesman David H. Nicholas, said “the estimated rate of flow would not affect either the direction or scale of our response, which is the largest in history.”
But experts contend there are proven methods and available equipment to accurately measure the oil leak.
According to a piece in the New York Times, the spill may never be stopped. And the only way for the leak to stop, is when the entire oil supply held by the underwater well runs dry, estimated at 50 million barrels:
“BP later acknowledged to Congress that the worst case, if the leak accelerated, would be 60,000 barrels a day, a flow rate that would dump a plume the size of the Exxon Valdez spill into the gulf every four days. BP’s chief executive, Tony Hayward, has estimated that the reservoir tapped by the out-of-control well holds at least 50 million barrels of oil.”
Environmental groups and scientists are pushing for more reliable testing. “Scientists said that the size of the spill was directly related to the amount of damage it would do in the ocean and onshore, and that calculating it accurately was important for that reason”
What a mess!