Biz Brief: Estimates of BP Oil Spill Size Keep Getting Worse
The current worst-case estimate equals an Exxon Valdez-sized spill about every four days, The New York Times points out. The calculation, from a government panel of scientists, is a far cry from the initial projection of 1,000 barrels a day, which grew to 5,000 barrels a day by the end of April, then to between 12,000 to 25,000 barrels per day in May. (Other estimates soared as high as 70,000 barrels.) Just last week, the panel again raised the flow-rate estimate to 25,000 to 30,000 barrels a day, while others projected as much as 50,000 barrels per day.