Coast Guard Says Spill Flow Doesn't Affect Response
New Orleans, La. – Some scientists reviewing underwater footage of oil flowing from the BP well says it's coming out at a much higher rate than BP and federal officials are saying. After the rig exploded three weeks ago, Rear Admiral Mary Landry said the well appeared to be capped. She said later that about 1,000 barrels a day were leaking, then 5,000. Experts looking at BP's underwater images say it's more like 70,000 barrels a day
"Whether the flow is one, five, 10 or 15,000 barrels, per day - the mobilization of resources has been, since day one, to prepare for a worst-case scenario. Our resources and tactics are not constrained by flow estimates. I have to emphasize that that."
Meantime, BP says its next attempt to capture oil as it leaks will be made with a tube it will insert into the broken pipe.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans.