BP Internal Memo: Gulf Gusher Could Spew 100,000 Barrels Per Day

June 21, 2010

(ChattahBox)— 1,000 barrels of oil, 5,000, or maybe 100,000, what’s the dif, right? Well, as it turns out there is a big difference of course, and it’s always been in BP’s self interest to provide low ball estimates of the oil spill, since federal fines and penalties are based on the amount of oil released into the environment. The Obama administration, the Coast Guard and outside experts’ calculations of the oil flow in the Gulf oil disaster have been constantly at odds with BP’s own estimates. Now, an internal memo obtained by a congressional panel, shows that BP knew from the start that the worst case scenario could reach 100,000 barrels of oil per day; a fact which was not disclosed to the Obama administration.

According to a report by Reuters:

“The estimate in the undated BP document released by U.S. Representative Ed Markey, chairman of the energy and environment subcommittee of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, compares with the current U.S. government estimate of up to 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons/9.5 million liters) gushing daily from the ruptured well.”

Rep. Markey pointed to the document, as evidence that BP has not been dealing the the United States in good faith, since the start of the Gulf oil disaster.

“Right from the beginning, BP was either lying or grossly incompetent,” Markey said during an appearance on “Meet the Press.”

“First they said it was only 1,000 barrels, then they said it was 5,000 barrels,” added the congressman. Now, it appears that the current high-end estimate of 60,000 gallons per day is grossly underestimated.

Meanwhile, BP continues to increase the amount of oil siphoned from the underwater gushing well. On Saturday, an additional 21,040 barrels of oil were siphoned from the gusher, according to BP. But who really knows for sure. Next, another internal memo will surface showing that only 5,000 barrels per day can be siphoned.


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