Oil Spill: Worse Than We Thought
As BP struggles, a warning that spill could greatly increase
Reacting to reports that federal regulators allowed extensive offshore drilling without first demanding the required environmental permits, the White House and the Interior Department said Friday that there would be a review of all actions taken by the Minerals Management Service, the agency responsible for offshore rigs, under the National Environmental Policy Act.
As British Petroleum tries another belt-and-suspenders approach to capping its Gulf oil spill, a White House science advisor is warning that things could get much worse if the spill isn’t stopped.
Actually the oil flow from the sea floor already is much worse than the 5,000 barrels per day BP and the government have been saying, according to a variety of scientific sources. They estimate the spill is more like 20,000 to 70,000 barrels, which would make the spill larger than the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.
From 2006–2014, Terry was managing editor for Earthjustice's blog, online monthly newsletter and print Earthjustice Quarterly Magazine.