Friday, June 11, 2010

Double the Oil and BP's High Definition Video of Gushing Oil

As already mentioned on this blog, the estimates have now doubled for how much oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico from the BP Deep Horizon leak. From NPR:
U.S. Geological Survey Director Marcia McNutt said Thursday that as many as 50,000 barrels — or 2.1 million gallons — of oil may have been flowing daily from the Deepwater Horizon well before the riser was cut on June 3 as part of BP's latest containment effort. No estimates were given for the amount of oil gushing from the well after the June 3 riser cut.
I wrote after the cap started collecting oil and it started flowing into the tanker that it was clear the previous estimates were too low, but these new estimates are even higher.

BP released the video you see in the AP clip Tuesday, per CNN, and at the New York Times, its Lede blog says BP's not releasing this video sooner has caused even more concern about BP's leadership. The new video give scientist a better idea of how much oil is flowing and what's in the flow.

While its CEO Tony Hayward has been removed as the face of BP in the U.S. on the oil spill, people still wonder how he keeps his job as head of the oil giant. In the same interview in which President Barack Obama said he needs to know "whose ass to kick," he also said he would have fired Hayward by now.

In the meantime, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is rallying Gulf Residents to fight Obama's six-month moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf. Obama says the temporary ban on drilling is necessary for safety reasons.

Here's CNN's story on the high resolution video being released, and what congressional leaders have had to say about that.

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