BP had already qualified their 5,000 barrels a day estimate in a statement to Congress on 5 May as being only one-twelfth of the potential spill so I have to say that the article doesn't really make any startling new revelations.
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What's worrisome is that if BP really doesn't know the rate how can they possibly formulate an effective response? I would think there's a difference between trying to control a 5k bpd emission and one twelve times larger (or far more, if you listen to some outside estimates) ...
The trouble is that BP seems to be trying to cover their asses as much as possible while trying to deal with this thing, and I'm not sure that's not getting in the way of a more effective solution.
Edited by six_of_one (05/20/1005:06 PM) Edit Reason: added a "not" ;-)
That's not how I read it... when they started siphoning oil into the tanker which they were able to measure they were in a better position to assess the spill rate. They had already announced that it could be as much as 60,000 barrels a day which was within the range suggested by independent assessors.
What's worrisome is that if BP really doesn't know the rate how can they possibly formulate an effective response?
Well, their job is to formulate the best response they're able to on the information they have - they can see the spill even if it's impossible to precisely measure it.
The trouble is that BP seems to be trying to cover their asses as much as possible while trying to deal with this thing, and I'm not sure that's getting in the way of a more effective solution.
As I understand it BP has voluntarily accepted the initial responsibility for all response costs so I don't think they have much to gain by downplaying the scale of the calamity. I should imagine that their insurers will be looking to bounce that commitment or most of it onto Transocean once the full costs are known.
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