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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.
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On Wednesday, Wereley told a House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee that his calculations of two leaks that are on videos BP released on Tuesday showed 70,000 barrels from one leak and 25,000 from the other.
He said the margin of error was about 20 percent, making the spill between 76,000 and 104,000 barrels a day. However, Wereley said he'd need to see videos that showed the flow over a longer period to get a better calculation of the mix of oil and gas from the wellhead.
Camilli develops instrument sensors and robotic technology to detect pollution in the ocean below the surface. He suggested using multi-beam sonar and an acoustic current profiler to measure the flow of oil and gas. That would help scientists determine if the blowout preventer was partially constricted and what happened to it, he said.
BP was at first interested, but a few days later declined the offer.
Camilli said the same instruments could be used to estimate the total spill volume.
Originally posted by Conclusion
Well any way you go it is going to make the price of oil go up. So guess who is going to pay for it.
Yeah that is right. Consumers.
Originally posted by Alaskan Man
hmm I'm suspicious of that number simply because i have never heard of an oil well being able to produce 95 thousand barrel's of oil a day.
could you refer me to one? I'm not saying its impossible, just improbable.
Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) says it has suspended production at its EA field, offshore western Niger Delta.
The field produces 100,000 barrels of crude oil per day. Shell spokesman, Precious Okolobo, told newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the field, a joint venture, was temporarily shut down for repairs.
“The Shell Petroleum Development Company’s joint venture-operated EA field offshore western Niger Delta has been temporarily shut down as a precaution. “This is to facilitate repairs to the equipment which connects the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility and ‘Sea Eagle’ with the mooring platform,” he said. Okolobo explained that the equipment was scheduled for overhaul in May 2009, but bad weather forced its postponement.
“Production of some 100,000 barrels of oil per day has been deferred,” he said, but did not say when the repairs would be completed.
Initially, Tupi will produce about 100,000 barrels a day but may ramp up to as much as 1 million before 2020—more than the biggest U.S. field in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, says Hugo Repsold, Petrobras' exploration and production strategy manager. "It's monstrous," says Matthew Shaw, a Latin America energy analyst at consultant Wood Mackenzie in London.
“This is to facilitate repairs to the equipment which connects the floating, production, storage and offloading (FPSO) facility and ‘Sea Eagle’ with the mooring platform,”
BRINGS IN BIG OIL WELL.; Mexican Petroleum 100,000-Barrel Gusher Makes Shorts Cover.
The Mexican Petroleum Company yesterday announced it had brought in another new well, No. 8, with an initial flow of approximately 100,000 barrels, on the border of the Cerro Azul-Toteco fields.