Those of us who wondered if President Obama’s goal of capturing “90 percent” of the BP oil spill in a matter of weeks were not encouraged Wednesday when a problem with the containment cap led to MORE oil, not less, gushing into the Gulf. The goal may still be attainable, for all anyone knows, because BP estimates vary wildly and, of course, third-party experts continue to offer much higher estimates.
But what of an internal BP document released by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) that describes a scenario where “a maximum case discharge of 162,000 barrels per day was estimated.” Remember when they told us the flow rate was 1,000 barrels a day? At any rate, with a spill where very little has gone right for BP’s technical wizards, more setbacks should be expected. The question is how damaging will those setbacks, ultimately, be?
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