June 19, 2010 BP’s changing oil estimates has made it more difficult for the government or the Americans to determine the amount of oil spillage into the Gulf from Day 1- April 20, 2010.
Yesterday BP’s 10 hour shutdown on containing the oil spilling into the Gulf was due to fixing a problem on fire prevention equipment. Those 10 hours let approximately 25,000 barrels freely spilling into the ocean yesterday. One can assume that BP’s changing estimates is for a very good reason namely a legal reason and a financial one.
BP has consistently changed the oil leak estimated the flow of oil from the public and supposedly the US government is incapable of these measurements yet it relied on BP being honest. However BP’s changing oil spill estimates make the company less believable and less trusted during this whole disaster which is holding Americans hostage.
Today the accurate amount of captured oil according to BP’s figures is 25,000 barrels a day. This amount is five times greater than the second estimate which was 5,000 barrels that it admitted to earlier in April.
If BP is capturing 25,000 barrels out of the 60,000 barrels and 10,000 barrels are burned off at the surface each day as BP claims, that is only 35,000 eliminated which leaves another 25,000 still spilling into the Gulf and still damaging the economy of four US states. That is if you believe BP oil at all.
Since the beginning BP purposefully first announced it was only 1,000 barrels on April 24, 2010 which was 4 days after the explosion. The object of the game was to downplay the flow estimates to avoid panic and interest from the media.
April 24, 2010 BP announces flow of leaked oil is 1,000 barrels a day.
April 28, 2010 BP raises the estimate to 5,000 barrels a day.
May 27, 2010 BP raises the estimates again to 12 to 19,000 barrels a day.
June 10, 2010 BP raised the estimate again to 35,000 to 60,000 barrels daily.
This was about the time that people were allowed to view the underwater camera’s BP had trained on the site of the leak all along and this is clearly deceptive for the oil company to now release the video only in short periods of time and at certain angles of view.
This increased amount was always flowing into the Gulf despite BP’s changing estimates to hide the amount. The amounts all along and prior to the cap and kill the last procedure that failed it was more than 60,000 barrels. But since the US government is so inept at regulations, the failure to regulate is costing Americans more than they bargained for by the BP oil company.
If the amount was greater than 65,000 barrels or was it 75,000 or even 100,000 barrels is left for the lawyers to decide in court. The US government has failed miserably in that it accepted the low balled estimates from BP Oil the main responsible party in the spill. The Coast guard, the MMS, the EPA all failed to correctly estimate the correct amount of spill which must be accurate in order for claims to be determined correctly.
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The 60,000 barrels a day is low ball figure obviously when you are dealing with BP there is no trust and therefore tripling their last estimate is probably more accurate for the judgment of penalty costs per barrel of oil spilled each day.
The amount is astronomical and BP will try to get away with it at the risk of their own bankruptcy which the Republican-Tea Party-Conservatives will never allow despite what Americans want done with BP Oil. Many are calling for the US government to seize all assets, bank accounts and ensure that the 100’s of billions of dollars are paid- every brown greasy cent of it.
But you can tell what’s coming in the courts. BP will deny the amounts are higher because they were never estimated accurately. However one key fact does not exempt them from blame and that is that each of their failed procedures including the Top cap and Kill made matters worse and allowed more oil to spill. BP will blame this on the US government who approved them to go ahead, and it is always reassuring to know you had government approval to make matters worse and then eliminate yourself from the blame.
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