E-mails Show Struggle to Guess Size of Gulf Spill

Washington, D.C. (AP) - A review of thousands of government e-mails
from last summer shows that the Obama administration struggled
behind the scenes to determine just how much oil was leaking into
the Gulf of Mexico from a broken BP well.

The e-mails, obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom
of Information request, also show how the government defended
estimates of the extent of the oil spill that for months were

The e-mails hint at uncertainties in what the government knew
during the summer, even as its scientists wrestled over how to
measure oil leaking from a runaway well a mile under the ocean.

The government said this week that its final estimate, of 172
million gallons of oil leaking into the Gulf between April 20 and
July 15, was accurate.

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

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