May 20, 2010 — One month after the fatal explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, McClatchy journalists provide us with an update on the situation.
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Oil leak may be 19 times larger than BP and US government say
By Renee Schoof and Lauren French
May 20, 2010
WASHINGTON — The latest glimpse of video footage of the oil spill deep under the Gulf of Mexico indicates that around 95,000 barrels, or 4 million gallons, a day of crude oil may be spewing from the leaking wellhead, 19 times the previous estimate, an engineering professor told Congress Wednesday.
The figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day that BP and the federal government have been using for weeks is based on observations of the surface slick made by satellites and aircraft. Even NASA’s satellite-based instruments, however, can’t see deep into the waters of the gulf, where much of the oil from the gusher seems to be floating. The well is 5,000 feet below the surface.
Latest Footage of Gas Burn Off at BP Oil Spill Site
May 20, 2010 — A small portion of the giant oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a powerful current that could carry it as far as Florida and Cuba. Right now, BP is bringing a mixture of natural gas and oil up to a ship which is storing it and burning off the gas. The United States has already imposed a large no-fishing zone in waters affected by the spill.