This week, BP began challenging government and scientific estimates of how much oil actually gushed into the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
The federal government has estimated that about 2.6 million gallons of oil a day spewed from the well, declining to about 2.2 million gallons daily before the well was capped in mid-July, according to the Associated Press.
The oil company is facing enormous legal ramifications for the explosion and oil spill, which killed 11 rig workers and damaged thousands of miles of marine habitat.
Seer Press reports:
“Of course, even now, while they’re challenging the figures that the government and its scientists have based their estimates of fines on, BP still has not provided an alternative figure. That’s in spite of speculation that the government’s figures were actually underestimating the rate of flow.”
Watch the video clip below from ABC News, in which a reporter travels with a submarine crew to find out whether the oil has really “dissipated” like BP officials claim.
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