BP Says Flow Can Increase to 60,000 Barrels a Day-N.Y. Times

In a closed-door briefing for members of Congress, a senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil, more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow.

Though BP has capped one leak, that has not decreased the total outflow. The other two leaks on that same pipe are now pressurized to leak faster.

In other news from Politico:

BP and its employees have given more than $3.5 million to federal candidates over the past 20 years, with the largest chunk of their money going to Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Donations come from a mix of employees and the company's political action committees — $2.89 million flowed to campaigns from BP-related PACs and about $638,000 came from individuals.
On top of that, the oil giant has spent millions each year on lobbying — including $15.9 million last year alone — as it has tried to influence energy policy.
During his time in the Senate and while running for president, Obama received a total of $77,051 from the oil giant and is the top recipient of BP PAC and individual money over the past 20 years, according to financial disclosure records.
I might note that while Schwartzenneger has vowed to stop any offshore drilling in California, Obama has NOT rescinded his policy change of opening 167,000,000 acres to new offshore drilling.
Anyone doubt now my contention that Obama is really a Trojan Horse Republican?


Anonymous said...

thats a lot of friggin crude!! one would think that if we can operate 4x4 rovers on Mars that we might have some way of containing a blow out at a well.


Anonymous said...

As long as campaigns run on donations, as opposed to being publicly finance, things like this will happen. Publicly financed campaigns are possible since the government already provides matching funds.

Of course the unions and companies like BP would oppose such a needed change.