May 14, 2010 – According to a new underwater video showing the source of the leak, there could be ten times as much oil being spilled each day than previously reported by BP officials.
To date, BP has used Coast Guard surface measurements, which are generally accepted as imprecise at best. But according to three separate experts in a National Public Radio article, simply looking at the flow rate from the broken pipe provides a much better estimate.
It is clear that looking at flow rates would at least provide valuable additional data on the spill, yet BP seems to be actively discouraging attempts to look at the flow. And while it may be entirely true that the current response would not change much if we knew spill rates were higher, another thing would: BP’s liability of the ongoing cleanup and damages, as well as its own public image.
From here, it’s impossible to estimate how high BP’s liabilities could go if the spill is several times the size previously estimated. The number could be huge, though, and BP has an obvious vested interest in downplaying estimates and shooting for the lowest possible number.
If BP is blocking new information about the size of the leak, it may risk an even greater backlash if it were to be discovered. And even if the company is focusing on other priorities, BP would still risk looking like it’s promulgating a cover-up in the disaster.
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