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Scientists say more Gulf oil flowing than thought

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A congregation member raises his hand in prayer at the First Baptist Church of Chalmette during a community crisis prayer service due to the Deepwate...

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Cherie Tobias and her husband Boyd Tobias, of Meraux, La., pray at the First Baptist Church of Chalmette during a community crisis prayer service due...

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This early Thursday morning, May 27, 2010 image made from video released by British Petroleum (BP PLC) shows equipment being used to try and plug a g...

Scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico now say it's leaking at least twice as much oil and possibly five times as much as original estimates.
U.S. Geological Survey Director Dr. Marcia McNutt is the leader of a team put together to try to figure out how much oil is coming from the well.
She says results are preliminary, but two teams using different methods determined the well is leaking at least 504,000 gallons (1.9 million liters) a day. One team said it might be leaking as much as 798,000 gallons (3 million liters) and another said that number might be closer to a million gallons (3.8 million liters).
The well blew out when the offshore drilling rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20.
BP and the Coast Guard had said since then that about 210,000 gallons (about 800,000 liters) a day was flowing.


Updated : 2021-01-28 05:19 GMT+08:00