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Gulf Oil Spill Documents
Thu April 12, 2012
Gulf Oil Spill-Flow Rates
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department has agreed to
turn over at least 100 scientific documents in response to BP
PLC's claims that the federal government may have
overestimated the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf of
Mexico from the company's Macondo well.
In a court filing Wednesday, Justice Department attorneys also
vow to work with BP to resolve their dispute over the
company's assertion that the government improperly withheld
thousands of similar documents.
Last month, BP asked a magistrate to order the government to
turn over roughly 10,000 documents that appear to relate to
"flow rate issues" following the 2010 spill.
The government estimates 4.9 million barrels of oil spewed
from the well, but the company says the government's earlier
estimates may have been lower.