October 6th, 2010
06:58 PM ET
12 years ago

Administration criticized over oil spill estimates

(CNN) - The Obama administration vastly underestimated the tens of thousands of barrels of oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, despite contrary information from scientists using better methodologies, a report from a national panel investigating the response said Wednesday.

And, the report said, the White House Office of Management and Budget squelched higher worst-case estimates once government officials accepted them, preventing the public from hearing them.


Filed under: Energy • issues • Obama administration
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  1. George of the jungle

    oh my gosh. Having never dealt with this kind of disaster. As long a BP oays what they owe Who cares how much oil. It was the worst oil spil we have had and any oil is to much.

    October 7, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  2. J.V.Hodgson

    What precisely is the objective of running this effectively non story. If the government had said categorically a range of 5000 BPD to 110BPD you would play the no win game of the Media drama creators another way by saying why cant the government be more accurate and give us realistic information, without which we dont know what to do!?
    The answer unfortunately is simple no one had the technology to give a reasonable answer as it would have required information on the type/ grade of crude oil, the pressure in the well, the gas content of the leak etc etc and every well is different in this respect.Literally in Early may the government gave the worst case as 100,000bpd and Thad Allen would not comment when pushed because he was not satisified with the variable data he was getting from all over the place.
    QED if your objective as media is to force a system that ensures immediate accurate data can be given say within a week , then with the benefit of hindsight that's fine but it is not what you say, what you want and do is to Blame the Whitehouse specifically... and that stinks of election influencing political journalism,not the 'fair and balanced" reporting for or against either party you claim to do.
    being fair... even now what the final figure of leak will be is not a known or confirmable number, and was variable at different times.

    October 7, 2010 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  3. Marie MD

    I really don't know why nobody thought of having the President go down to the Gulf to personally measure the oil spill!!
    As long as BP pays for the actual oil spilled carry on.

    October 7, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
  4. Debra

    I remember Neil Cavuto disagreeing with Obama's claim that 75% of the oil was contained. I don't know what his purpose for lying was, but it could have slowed down clean up and put people at risk by exposure to the oil. Maybe he wanted to protect tourism or to end the criticism of himself and his administration for the spill. Whatever his reasoning, this was inexcusable. His number one job is to protect Americans.

    October 7, 2010 07:23 am at 7:23 am |