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NEW ORLEANS (CN) - BP prolonged the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by two months by concealing the rate of oil flowing from the broken Macondo well, Transocean claims in a document filed in the damages trial.
Transocean's document states that "on April 28, 2010, Suttles represented to Admiral Landry in a meeting at Unified Command that BP's internal flow rate estimate was between 1,000 and 5,000 barrels of oil per day ('bopd') with 2,500 bopd being the most likely flow rate number."
Transocean claims those numbers "were false and misleading and omitted material information within BP's possession."
(An email conversation between BP officials on the day the rig sank, released last year, shows that BP had estimated that oil could have been flowing at up to 82,000 barrels a day, or well over 3.4 million gallons.)
(The email from Rob Marshall, BP subsea manager of the Gulf, on April 22, 2010, two days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 people and set off the worst oil spill in U.S. history, stated: "Alistair Johnston altered his Macondo well model to approximate open hole flowing conditions and calculated a rate of 82,000 barrels per day."
For many Americans, the story of the BP disaster began on April 20, 2010, and ended on August 15 of that year, when the Obama Administration declared that “the majority of the oil is gone,” though the opposite was true.
For those on the Gulf Coast, the disaster remains, and life continues to be measured in terms of “before” and “after” the BP oil spill. They are tired of it all: BP, the government, the lies and the lawyers, the hardship and the illness, the oil on the beach and in the water, the dead dolphins and the disfigured fish, the ever-shrinking hauls of oysters, crab, and shrimp, and the rest of the nation’s cold shoulder. They still don’t know the answers to many life-and-death questions. But they keep going, hoping for life to return to the way it was before.
Originally posted by Flavian
Just thought i would add a bit of perspective for you (that you may not be aware of - if you are then i apologise). The reason a lot of UK people get worked up around BP (and several other firms) is that our state pensions are firmly tied up to such companies. Personally i don't agree with that but it is what it is. That is what leads to most of the resentment on this side of the pond regarding the Gulf of Mexico spill.
Everyone i speak to over here about it thinks BP are in the wrong (as well as Halliburton and Transocean) and that huge fines and even prison sentences are perfectly viable options for such a matter - as long as they are distributed even handidly (if that is really a word!).
Hope that explains it a bit better from over here...........edit on 5-3-2013 by Flavian because: spelling
concealing the rate of oil flowing from the broken Macondo well,