BP Downplays New Higher Estimate of Oil Spill

Keith Fogg, a fuel businessman, said that he doubts BP was ever telling the public accurate flow numbers.

"They haven't told the truth from the beginning, they haven't told the truth at all," he said.

Fogg said that he wanted to ask a BP representative why the company has done "so little" to help the coast.

"I don't understand why they're telling the public one thing about the oil and why they haven't done one thing," he said. "They haven't done one thing for the parishes to save the seafood industry, the fisherman, the hotel industry."

One commercial fisherman said that since many of the fishing spots have been closed, he's out of business and has nowhere to take his boat. He told ABC News that he's been waiting for BP to call him to help with the clean up since May 11 -- a month ago.

"It makes me frustrated because my livelihood depends on it," said Stanley Borden.

"From the beginning I always felt that [BP] wasn't giving the accurate report, and based on what we're seeing on the TV and the size of the Gulf of Mexico, I don't think they were anywhere near right with the numbers," said Borden.

Depland said that he sympathizes with the victims of the spill, and vowed to help them, even amid BP's plunging stock price and rumors that the company might not be financially stable enough to complete the cleanup.

"BP is a very strong company and we have resources that we can bring to bear to address this issue," he said. "We are fundamentally and financially strong enough to stand behind our obligation in this event."

But for Borden, money can't replace the experiences that his family has passed down from generation to generation.

"I love being in the bayou and we don't know if we're going to have a tomorrow," he said. "We're hoping to get this thing cleaned up and that's one reason we want to work -- we want to get it the oil out of the bayou."

"The oil doesn't belong there."

BP Soon Will Expand Collection Capacity

While BP already is able to siphon nearly 16,000 barrels per day from the leaking pipe using its containment cap, that still leaves thousands of barrels gushing into the ocean, as can be seen on a live video feed from the ocean floor.

BP says that it will soon be able to expand its collection efforts. A second vessel should arrive within days to increase collection capacity, and BP will bring in a tanker to transport the gathered oil. The company also said that a semi-submersible drilling rig could begin capturing and burning another 10,500 barrels per day beginning early next week.

Can BP Remain Solvent?

The new numbers on the leak rate raise new questions about whether BP will be able to pay for all of the cleanup and containment costs.

The company's stock price has been fluctuating wildly, and BP shareholders are worried that the company could drown in claims.

By some estimates, the company now owes $14 billion to the people of the Gulf, including men like Michael Rogers, who worked in the oyster business for nearly 40 years. Oyster beds have been shut down because of the spill.

"It's real sad, you know," said Rogers. "I just feel like going behind the building to just cry."

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