May 2nd, 2010
09:17 AM ET
11 years ago

Coast Guard admiral says size of oil spill unknown


The spill is 'indeterminate,' Coast Guard commandant Adm. Thad Allen said Sunday. (Photo Credit: CNN)

(CNN) - The Coast Guard commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, said Sunday that it was impossible so far to know how much oil will leak from a destroyed rig causing an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Watch: Allen on battling the leaking oil well

"This spill, at this point in my view, is indeterminate," Allen said on CNN's "State of the Union." "That makes it asymmetrical, anomalous and one of the most complex things we've ever dealt with."

Filed under: Energy • State of the Union
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  1. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    Why don't we have the same equipment that other countries have, why did we allow them to take short cuts, and who allowed then to cut corners?

    May 2, 2010 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  2. Rich, Kankakee, IL.

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed frustration Saturday with efforts to clean up a massive oil spill creeping toward the Gulf coast, saying "we continue to be concerned with BP's ability to respond to this incident." This is the same Governor that does not believe in Volcano Science either, why does anyone take him seriously he does not believe in science in any form

    May 2, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  3. Anonymous

    THanks to this big oil company LA will receive a devistating blow which could possibly destroy the fishing and wild life industry. CNN need to check the profits of this giant oil company and post it so we can see how much money they have gouged from the american people.

    May 2, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  4. katiec

    Further proof of what lack of regulations, no oversight or abuses being allowed can do. Diaster after diaster. Wall St , the mining industry and now big oil have had a free rein for many years, totally ignoring everything but the bottom line, greed and power.
    Safety, envirorment, accountability have been ignored and once again the American people and our country are the victims.

    May 2, 2010 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. DJ

    I say, bring in a sub and a couple of torpedoes and send bill to BP!! Seal the hole and forget about trying to save the oil!!!

    May 2, 2010 10:30 am at 10:30 am |