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Jun 20, 2010 6:38 PM by Chris Welty

Documents: BP Estimated 4.2M Gallons in Worst Case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Newly released internal documents show BP PLC
estimated 4.2 million gallons of oil a day could gush from a
damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico if all equipment restricting the
flow was removed and company models were wrong.
Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Ed Markey released the
documents Sunday showing BP said in a worst-case scenario the leak
could gush between 2.3 million and 4.2 million gallons of oil per
day.
The current worst-case estimate of what's leaking is 2.5 million
gallons a day.
The documents anticipate a scenario where the blowout preventer
and other equipment on the sea floor were removed, which was never
done.
BP provided the documents to federal officials in May, and
company officials say they have no plans to remove the blowout
preventer.

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