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BP now admits to 100,000 Barrels/Day

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posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 08:11 AM
Of all places to look, I found this article on FoxNews, in which a BP document was released that admits to leaking 100,000 barrels of oil a day. If they openly admit to 100,000 barrels, then it leads me to wonder how much higher the leakage can be. If even these numbers are half way correct, then we are potentially looking at a leak volume of over 2,500,000,000 (yes, billions) of gallons so far. That would be half the capacity of the oil pocket. Even if half the capacity of the leak is oil, it also leaves innumerable amounts of gasses that have already leaked into the sea.
Here's the link to the article.
Although the credibility of Fox is not very high, the fact that a BP document confirming our suspicions of how much oil is gushing, as a plus on our side.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 10:59 AM
They took their sweet time to admit this. When BP released a report on May 29 (2010) about the failed "top kill" operation, they stated the following:

Despite successfully pumping a total of over 30,000 barrels of heavy mud, in three attempts at rates of up to 80 barrels a minute, and deploying a wide range of different bridging materials, the operation did not overcome the flow from the well.

Source on BP's own website.

Notice they state they pumped at rates of up to 80 barrels a minute and it still wasn't enough to "overcome the flow" from the well. In other words -- unless we're missing something here -- a pumped flow rate of mud at the equivalent of around 115,000 barrels per day (BPD) was not enough.
(80 x 60 = 4800 barrels per hour, x 24 = 115,200 BPD.)

They gave up on this "top kill" because (a) the flow coming out was more than 115,000 BPD and therefore just blowing their mud away, or (b) the mud they were pumping in was leaking out through a damaged well hole so fast that they couldn't build up a "mud column" (which also means that it's probably leaking way more oil and gas than they're officially measuring anyway), or (c) both of the above.

Whichever way we want to cut it, a flow rate of well over 100,000 BPD sounds very likely -- and this has probably been the case since at least late May, when the (failed) "top kill" was attempted.


[edit on 21/6/10 by JustMike]

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 11:01 AM
Well getting closer to the estimates that independent experts has claim from the beginning, the numbers been put out there by the independent experts is well over the 100 thousand mark.

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 11:06 AM
They don't admit to 100,000 NOW, they were saying that was a future worse case scenario as I read it.....

That doesn't mean 100,000 + is NOT leaking ut they certainly aren't admitting to theat amound yet...?

posted on Jun, 21 2010 @ 11:32 AM
Please use the existing thread to continue the discussion.

Internal BP Document Says Spill Could Reach 100,000 Barrels Per Day

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