From The Atlantic Wire
Two alarming reports from National Public Radio and The New York Times this morning suggest that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico is far greater than the official government estimate. For weeks, officials pegged the leak at around 5,000 barrels a day. But recent calculations by scientists estimate at least 10 times that amount. Steven Wereley, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, estimated that 70,000 barrels of oil a day are pouring into the ocean. (NPR says this method is accurate to “a degree of plus or minus 20 percent.”) With a solution to the spill far from certain, many worry this could be the worst spill to date.