Panel: Lowballing Oil Spill Number Akin to Custer

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - The head of a White House-appointed panel
examining the BP oil spill compared the federal government's
underestimate of the spill's size to Gen. George Custer's fatal
lowballing the number of Indians at Little Big Horn.
The two co-chairmen of the national oil spill commission on
Monday said early government estimates caused the public to lose
trust in what it was being told. The spill was about 60 times
bigger than first estimated.
Incident Commander Thad Allen told commissioners the low
estimates didn't hamper government response, but panel co-chair
William Reilly said he had trouble believing that.
Panel co-chair Bob Graham compared the estimates to Custer,
saying it led to further major problems.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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