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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

40,000 to 60,000 Barrels A Day - Exxon-Valdez A Week

New reports are suggesting that the oil spill in the Gulf may become even worse!

Oil leaking from a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico could increase as much as 12 times to 60,000 barrels a day if the company fails to stem the flow, Representative Edward Markey said after a briefing by industry executives. “The amount of oil per day could actually rise from 5,000 to 60,000 barrels,” Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, told reporters in Washington today. “Although in a worst-case scenario the most likely number was in a 40,000-barrel range.”

Markey was among members of the House Energy and Commerce committee who met with executives from BP, which leased the rig that exploded on April 20; Transocean Ltd., its owner; and Halliburton Co. to question the companies on their efforts to cap and contain the oil spill.

“They indicated to us that they do believe they have a possibility of being successful, but they are not guaranteed,” said Markey. “It’s pretty clear that there was not proper preparation for the worst-case scenario.”

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