NYT: Estimates of Oil Flow Jump Higher

A government panel released Tuesday yet another estimate of the volume of oil spewing into the Gulf, finding that there may be as much as 60,000 barrels a day.

The new estimate is far above the figure of 5,000 barrels a day that the government and BP clung to for weeks after the spill started. Scientists on Tuesday estimated that the flow rate ranged from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day – up from the rate they issued last week, of 25,000 to 30,000.

60,000 barrels a day is roughly 2.5 million gallons and it means an amount equal to the Exxon Valdez spill could be gushing from the well about every four days.

With BP capturing roughly 15,000 barrels a day, the new estimate suggests that as much as 45,000 barrels a day is escaping into the gulf. Although, BP expects to be able to capture 40,000 barrels a day by the end of June and 60,000 by mid-July.

READ THIS STORY AT NYTIMES.COM

A government panel released Tuesday yet another estimate of the volume of oil spewing into the Gulf, finding that there may be as much as 60,000 barrels a day.

The new estimate is far above the figure of 5,000 barrels a day that the government and BP clung to for weeks after the spill started. Scientists on Tuesday estimated that the flow rate ranged from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels a day – up from the rate they issued last week, of 25,000 to 30,000.

60,000 barrels a day is roughly 2.5 million gallons and it means an amount equal to the Exxon Valdez spill could be gushing from the well about every four days.

With BP capturing roughly 15,000 barrels a day, the new estimate suggests that as much as 45,000 barrels a day is escaping into the gulf. Although, BP expects to be able to capture 40,000 barrels a day by the end of June and 60,000 by mid-July.

READ THIS STORY AT NYTIMES.COM

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell

Niamh Marnell earned a master's degree in social sciences from the University of Chicago where she examined organizations and power from the perspective of political science and sociology. You can follow her at http://twitter.com/NiamhMarnell.

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