Oil Spill Could Be Up to Five Times Larger Than Estimated


It seems that the initial projections of the size of the Gulf of Mexico oil leak may have been, um, just a tad off. While the government said the oil was gushing into the water at a rate of 5,000 barrels a day (a figure that has been cited in most reports), the Times reports that, according to scientists and environmental groups, the leak — which BP has not yet scientifically measured — could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate. [NYT]