Saturday, June 05, 2010

The BP Gulf oil disaster:
What does "some" collection look like?

According the Associated Press:

"A cap placed over the gusher was collecting some of the oil ..."

It could mean this:


Or it could mean this:


BP has not been very convincing in describing the magnitude of the oil leak -- nobody wants to risk the liability that might go with a higher, but more likely, number.

In either case, "some" is mighty small compared to the likely size of the outflow.

Thanks to jamess at Daily Kos for the charts.

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