Scientists see video, adjust Gulf leak estimates | VailDaily.com
YOUR AD HERE »

Scientists see video, adjust Gulf leak estimates

SETH BORENSTEIN
AP Science Writer
Vail, CO Colorado
A Thursday, May 20, 2010 image from a website of the Select Committee on Energy Independent and Global Warming shows a live video feed, now available online, that shows oil gushing from the blown-out Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico. The video shows a large plume of oil and gas still spewing next to the tube that is carrying some of it to the surface. Congressman Ed Markey pushed BP PLC to make the video available to the public. It is now posted on the Web site of the Select Committee on Energy Independent and Global Warming. (AP Photo/via globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam)
AP | globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam

WASHINGTON – Scientists are altering their estimates of how much oil is spewing into the Gulf of Mexico a day after new live video of the leak was posted online.

Tim Crone of Columbia University says he was saddened because he hoped the video would show his estimate of 840,000 to 4.2 million gallons a day was wrong, but it didn’t.

He upped the lower bounds of his estimates to 1.68 million gallons and is sticking with his upper estimate for the main leak from the well that blew out after a rig explosion.



Purdue University professor Steve Wereley says he’ll likely cut his 3.9 million gallons a day estimate after BP said half of what’s coming out of the pipe is gas, not oil.

BP PLC and the Coast Guard have estimated 210,000 gallons a day, but a government team is revising that.


Support Local Journalism