Scientists: Gulf spill much worse than thought

One estimate puts daily flow at 1 million gallons -- 5 times BP's estimate

By Associated Press
May 27, 2010 6:32PM (UTC)
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FILE - In this May 6, 2010 file photo, oil from the leaking Deep Horizon oil rig is seen swirling through the currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Move over Goldman Sachs. Big Oil may be even less popular with the electorate than Wall Street bankers. Edgy lawmakers of both parties are counting on it. The month-old Gulf oil disaster has unleashed a gusher of congressional oversight hearings that may prove harder to cap than the blown BP well. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File) (AP)

Scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico now say it's leaking at least twice as much oil and possibly five times as much as original estimates.

U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt is the leader of a team put together to try to figure out how much oil is coming from the well.

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She says results are preliminary but two teams using different methods determined the well is leaking at least 504,000 gallons a day. One team said it might be leaking as much as 798,000 gallons and another said that number might be closer to a million gallons.

The well blew out when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20.

BP and the Coast Guard had said since then that about 210,000 gallons a day was flowing.

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THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

ROBERT, La. (AP) -- Scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico now say it's leaking at least twice as much oil and possibly five times as much as original estimates.

U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt is the leader of a team put together to try to figure out how much oil is coming from the well.

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She says results are preliminary but two teams using different methods determined the well is leaking at least 504,000 gallons a day. One team said it might be leaking as much as 798,000 gallons and another said that number might be closer to a gallons.

The well blew out when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20.

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BP and the Coast Guard had said since then that about 210,000 gallons a day was flowing.


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