BP Says Government Estimate of Oil Flow Too Large

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - BP is mounting a new challenge to U.S.
government estimates of how much oil flowed from the runaway well
deep below the Gulf of Mexico. The issue will be critical in
determining the size of federal pollution fines the company will

Staff working for the presidential oil spill commission told The
Associated Press that BP is arguing that the government
overestimated by as much as 50 percent the amount of oil that
spilled. The company's argument could reduce BP's likely fines
under the Clean Water Act by as much as $2.7 billion.

Money collected from BP could be used to pay for restoration of
the Gulf coast.

The federal government has estimated that about 2.6 million
gallons of oil a day spewed from the well, declining to about 2.2
million gallons daily before the well was capped in mid-July.

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

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  • by gravelyconcern Location: S.FL on Dec 3, 2010 at 05:01 PM
    This is serious. Good decision on the part of Mr. President NOT TO DRILL. Why in the world would the Republicans want more drilling? Just to be opposite of the decision Mr. President has made.
  • by anon Location: here on Dec 3, 2010 at 04:32 PM
    You can bet that all of the lawyers for BP are trying to get the total of spilled gallons lowered in order to reduce the "penalty" that BP has to pay to the government. Regardless if the figure turns out smaller or larger - the consumers who purchase BP products in the end will pay for any penalty charges. BP will not loose profits from it.
  • by barbara Location: striesand on Dec 3, 2010 at 04:23 PM
    I lost $8800 in vacatin rental this year from the oil spill...BP reimbursed me $5K. SAD, VER Y SAD.
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