June 15th, 2010
05:44 PM ET
12 years ago

Oil estimate raised to 35,000-60,000 barrels a day


Oil collected in the water off Grand Isle, Louisiana Monday. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Government officials Tuesday increased the estimate of oil flowing into the Gulf to between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels (1.5 million to 2.5 million) per day, up to 50 percent more than previously estimated.

The government's previous estimate, issued last week, was 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day. The change was "based on updated information and scientific assessments," and was reached by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, and Chair of the National Incident Command's Flow Rate Technical Group Marcia McNutt, the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center said.

"The improved estimate is based on more and better data that is now available and that helps increase the scientific confidence in the accuracy of the estimate," it said.

Filed under: Energy • Obama administration
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Larry

    The gulf coast is going to own BP soon.

    June 15, 2010 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Diane

    I am neither a republican nor a democrat with that said come on everyone lets blame President Obama for the whole thing you know what I am saying he caused the fire, it's his fault 11 people died, it's his fault for the whole thing. Now lets take a look at the truth, up until the day he took over as president we the people did not have so much as one department in our government that worked. Now you all need to ask yourselves why? Gee where were all you people when the Bush/Cheney Admin. did nothing but make sure that we had 2 wars, over 4,000 of our kids got killed and lets not forget how many Iraqi men women and children were killed, and lets not forget that Halibuton was and still is ripping off the American people, and lets make sure that all of you people were looking the other way when we went into a recession and 15 million people were left with out jobs and all the foreclosures and it goes on and on. Now and who knows how long any of you idiots keep saying nothing except Obama has been wrong. As usual I still say THERE IS NOTHING MORE STUPID THAN AN AMERICAN VOTER.

    June 15, 2010 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Wonder how long it would have taken repubs to stop posturing and yelling and actually take the time to assess what was needed to take the more accurate measurements?

    Oh – they would have had it down there in 15 minutes (snark snark)

    Wait a minute – they wouldn't have needed the measurement either, because they say there is zero chance of a blow-out. WOW

    June 15, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  4. grrace

    What planet do these people live on? It doesn't take much research to find out the number is closer to 300,000 barrels a day. Seize BP assets before they skip town. (I seem to recall a few homes being seized over a few little pot plants). How is it, suddenly, our law enforcement has no power to seize BP's assets after lying to the Feds?

    June 15, 2010 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  5. valwayne

    It took the oil over a month to come far enough inland to start damaging the coast. Why didn't Obama put in the organization and resources to stop the oil? He had plenty of time to act?

    June 15, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |

    And Obama golfed ... and golfed. More golf in the 58 days since the blowout than Bush had in 8 years. But STILL no discussion yet with BP's CEO!!! And the oil continues to flow.

    Yep, he really knows how to manage (er, make) a disaster.

    June 15, 2010 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  7. AK Steve

    The new estimate certainly is a jump from the original 5,000 BP said was spilling. And we are trusting these oil companies to do clean up and financial restitution. Give me a break.

    Let's get off oil for good folks and let these companies go under. They ain't doing us any favors.

    June 15, 2010 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  8. jean

    The oil spill is just one way that God is punishing America. This country hasn't seen the worst. Hate is running rapid since the election of Obama. The only thing that is going to make people realilze that having a man of color for president is no real reason for all the vitiral that is spread throughout CNN and Fox news. Just wait until hurricanes and tornado starting ripping at America. The Bible says a man shall repeath what he sows. Hate begets hate. These sheetless Klans have place a cruse on America. Fasten your seat belt people Mother Nature is about to take us for a ride.

    June 15, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Chris

    Republicans...the oil is up for grabs!

    June 15, 2010 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  10. Agnes

    1.5 – 2.5 million (gallons) of oil spilling into the Gulf daily!!!!! And people think it's okay to continue drilling? How many more deaths will it take before people say this is just too costly? Costs to people, land, animals, business, when is it too high a price to pay? We have an opportunity to reach past our selfishness and do the right thing. We do not have to continue down this path of destructive behavior; we can put ourselves to work to find a better solution instead of doing the same old thing. Drilling is dangerous; its disaster leaves destruction for decades. Nuclear energy is dangerous; its disaster leaves land uninhabitable for thousands of years. Are you agreeable to these inevitable disasters? Look at the track record; it is only a matter of time, a case of when not if, that the fallout occurs again. How many "catastrophic" oil spills need to occur?
    We need reliable, renewable, responsible energy and not the irresponsible energy currently provided.

    June 15, 2010 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Robert Irwin

    I have only 1 thing to say about the spill, and i think its gotta be considered very quickly.

    The spill daily is bad enough, but has anyone thought about what is about to happen hurricane season comes, as i remember they come right thru the same area the oil is spilling!

    June 15, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  12. Chuck Anaheim, Ca

    How much longer are we as a country going to hold onto this addiction to oil? The Gulf of Mexico is a dead zone now and will be for decades. Sure, "drill baby drill" , sounded good to people that don't care much about how they live or what they live in but ya gotta wonder how it looks now? We have the technology with hybrids and CNG to put an end to a lot of this and bring the the Middle East to it's knees. How about America, do you have the fortitude?

    June 15, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  13. George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

    HUMANS will be lucky if we don't end up completely killing the planet.

    How many billions in profits make the wounding or death of this planet a good deal, and for whom?

    June 15, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  14. j

    This is exactly why the government needs to act as a regulatory body... to prevent disasters like this from happening. The Bush administration and Republican policies are largely to blame for this disaster.

    June 15, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. scientific confidence in the accuracy of the estimate

    really, and does that change really anything?

    are you better able to clean up because of the number crunching or improved estimating?

    no of course not. ok, then get to the important business and stop this silliness

    June 15, 2010 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  16. Ready for 2012

    it's just propaganda by Obama to make the oil and gas industry look bad.

    June 15, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |