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Scientists Say Oil Spill Worse Than Estimated; May Be Gushing 2.5 Million Gallons Per Day

This may exceed the nuclear blasts at Hiroshima and Nagasaki for the worst human-made catastrophe in history.
Scientists provided a new estimate for the size of the Gulf oil spill on Tuesday that indicates it could be worse than previously thought. A government panel of scientists said that the ruptured well is leaking between 1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons a day of oil. That is an increase over previous estimates that put the maximum size of the spill at 2.1 million gallons per day. "This estimate brings together several scientific methodologies and the latest information from the sea floor, and represents a significant step forward in our effort to put a number on the oil that is escaping from BP's well," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in a statement. The latest numbers reflect an increase in the flow that scientists believe happened after undersea robots earlier this month cut off a kinked pipe near the sea floor that was believed to be restricting the flow of oil, just as a bend in a garden hose reduces water flow. BP officials has estimated that cutting the kinked pipe likely increased the flow by up 20 percent.
That's about 50 percent more disaster per day than the government estimated last Friday. Perspective: this is roughly an Exxon Valdez every 4 days, and they don't know how to stop it. It could keep gushing through Christmas. Read the rest here.