Sunday, June 6, 2010

The one third solution

A containment cap British Petroleum placed over its gushing underwater disaster is slowly increasing the amount of oil it's collecting, the U.S. government's point man said Saturday.

BP's cap, initially put in place on Thursday, collected 255,000 gallons of oil in its first full day, said Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen. Official estimates say a minimum of 504,000 to 798,000 gallons of oil are spewing underwater each day, though some scientists estimate the number to be significantly higher.

The "successful" cap is only stopping 255,000 gallons per day of the 798,000 daily oil flow, approximately one third of the leak. The amount "escaping" exceeds the original estimates of the total daily amount of the leak.

How is this a "success"?

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