Latest Flow Rate: Up to 60,000 Barrels a Day

By Alex Pepper

Jun 15, 2010 5:38pm

Initially, you may recall, the US Coast Guard and BP told the public that they weren’t certain any oil was flowing from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Then it was updated to an estimated 1,000 barrels a day.

Then 5,000 barrels a day – which is when everyone sat up and started paying attention.

Last week federal scientists updated the estimated flow rate to anywhere from 25,000 to 40,000 barrels a day.

Today, based on updated information and scientific assessments, the new rate is estimated is between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day.

The new flow rate was announced by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Chair of the National Incident Command’s Flow Rate Technical Group Dr. Marcia McNutt

The team assures the public that “BP was required to develop projects containment capacity expanding to 40,000-53,000 barrels per day by the end of June and 60,000-80,000 barrels per day by mid-July.” White House officials have voiced confidence in the ability to contain those flow rates on that timetable.

“I think the containment strategy that the Coast Guard and the federal government pushed BP to accelerate, we believe, will capture most of the oil that is leaking from the Gulf right now,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Good Morning America earlier today.

-Jake Tapper

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