They're still lying about the oil spill

Sunday, I posted information supposedly coming from an unnamed insider at BP:

“According to my source, …the well is spewing a “volcano” of oil, at what some experts estimate, based on oil slick size reported by NOAA, the leak is “throwing off 25-26,000 barrels a day.” That’s over a million gallons a day, far more than the 200,000 most media organizations are reporting.”.

I broke my rule against posting unsourced information because it sounded plausible and because the U.S. government and BP have consistently understated the severity of this gushing oil problem.

Well, today’s news brings vindication of my decision to trust a Web journalist over the official story:

The amount of oil gushing from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil disaster is five times more than what the oil company and the U.S. Coast Guard are currently estimating, said a Florida State University oceanography professor on Saturday.

At an oil spill environmental forum at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Ian MacDonald said the blowout is gushing 25,000 barrels a day.

The Coast Guard and BP estimate 5,000 barrels a day of crude is spewing into the Gulf.

MacDonald said his estimate is based on satellite images and government maps forecasting the slick’s trajectory.

MacDonald also told a crowd of about 100 gathered for the discussion that he’s been frustrated by the lack of data from federal responders and BP.

Let’s hope the rest of the unsourced article proves false. The BP insider supposedly said the oil field holds 1.8 billion gallons of oil and “It could very well be that the entire Gulf and the East coast of Florida could become dead zones, with no aquatic life at all.”

Posted by James on Tuesday, May 11, 2010