Study | Low-Balling Oil Numbers Caused Public Mistrust

Oil gushing from the BP well

While not exactly earthshaking, a draft study released today by the staff of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, may be the source of some satisfaction to the many Americans who remain skeptical of the government’s response to the disaster:

By initially underestimating the amount of oil flow and then, at the end of the summer, appearing to underestimate the amount of oil remaining in the Gulf, the federal government created the impression that it was either not fully competent to handle the spill or not fully candid with the American people about the scope of the problem.

The draft report (below) is one of four released by the commission today. The others are:

The weekly update issued by the government’s Unified Area Command didn’t comment on the studies.

The Amount and Fate of the Oil


The Amount and Fate of the Oil. Working Paper #3

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  1. First of all, IT IS NOT THE RESPOSIBILTY of the government to cap an oil well. That is the responsibility of the oil company. The Obama administration had to take over because BP FAILED in it’s responsibilities. The Obama administration did an EXCELLENT job coming up with solutions to problems that no government had to face before. AND THEY SUCCESSFULLY SOLVED the problem. Did the panel mention that? If so, it did not make the headlines.

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