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April 29th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Gulf oil spill worse than feared

(CNN) – The oil spill off the coast of Louisiana is much worse than anyone thought. The Coast Guard confirms more than 200,000 gallons of crude are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico every day. That's five times worse than anyone feared.

A third leak at the site of last week's platform explosion has now been discovered a mile beneath the ocean surface. The threat of an environmental disaster is now so severe that the president is offering to send in the military to help. Our Reynolds Wolf has the report. Read more

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill • Top Stories
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. nancy

    Where's the "emergency" plans for this platform? This just makes the US more dependant on foreign oil. We'll watch the prices sky rocket again in the near future.

    What is President and his folks doing about it? HE needs to survey the problem first hand. GET INVOLVED MR. President.

    April 30, 2010 at 9:35 am |
  2. Howard

    This is the problem with drill drill drill Sarah Palin's mantra. We need to re direct into green technologies that produce no environmental side effects. All drilling comes with problems

    April 30, 2010 at 9:34 am |
  3. Beth

    When the explosion occurred, the concern was about loss of life, as it should have been, but wasn't BP asleep at the wheel about the possibility of a catostrophic leak from the exploratory rig? What did they actually do right away to investigate? It seems valuable time was lost. I also want to echo Blake's comment above. What caused the explosion in the first place? Seems like BP, and maybe all of us as observers, were lulled into complaceny about the whole thing right after it happened when real work about prevention needed to be done. This is another tragedy that could have been averted.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  4. AxelDC

    It's not a spill, it's an open vein spewing oil into the Gulf. They haven't come close to capping it, so how can you begin "clean up"?

    The US needs to sue British Petroleum for the cost of clean up, the environmental destruction of our coasts, and punitive damages for their negligent behavior. If it puts BP out of business, then maybe Shell, Exxon, et al. will get the message.

    April 30, 2010 at 8:35 am |
  5. Scott Gould

    People went on to all the news programs after this platform exploded to say that the well was capped and there was no oil pouring out. This was obviously a lie. Did this lie slow down repair and clean up efforts? Is BP being investigated for this lie?

    April 30, 2010 at 8:25 am |
  6. Missy

    The story. About the Latino family splitting up may be sad, but she married an illegal! He's been here all this time and never applied for citizenship? It's their own fault. And if she is following her heart, why doesn't she follow him back to Mecico? Answer: her wallet outweighs her heart!

    April 30, 2010 at 7:48 am |
  7. Blake

    What caused that explosion to happen? I realize it is more important to stop the massive flow of crude into the Gulf, but shouldn't the investigation into why there was an explosion be more transparent?

    April 30, 2010 at 6:22 am |
  8. Smith in Oregon

    This Spill Baby Spill heavy crude Oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico has the potential of being Hundreds of Thousands of times worse than the 11 Million Gallons of Crude spilled by the Exxon Valdez accident.

    The 5,000 foot deep Ocean well head that is ruptured was connected to a heavy crude reservoir that is conservatively rated at 50 Million Barrels.

    The immense Ocean pressures at 5,000 feet are pouring into the ruptured oil reservoir and forcing out all the heavy crude Oil trapped in that underground reservoir (50 Million Barrels).

    Which is worse BP, CNN, 11 Million Gallons by Exxon Valdez or 2.5 BILLION Gallons of Heavy Crude Oil?

    Another crass and uninformed observation that is constantly being spun by BP's PR firms and stated on Media News is that containing the surface Oil is going to contain the spill. NO WAY, Heavy Crude which this specific Well Contains is mostly HEAVIER THAN SEAWATER, meaning it immediately turns into Tar Balls and Sinks beneath the waves to the bottom of the Ocean where it cannot be salvaged, burned nor removed from that deep Ocean area.

    Generally all deep ocean Oil Drilling Rigs are booked a full year in advance and IF one is available it would still take months to move it and drill a relief well head to attempt to relieve the pressure that is spewing out the 2.5 Billion Gallons of Heavy Crude Oil directly into the Ocean.

    It has only been a week now and the Oil slick is some 3,000 miles in length and now impacting the beaches in Louisiana and Mississippi and what about 2 or 3 months from now?

    April 29, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    How about start dumping cement and gravel on top of the well and block it off .

    April 29, 2010 at 10:25 am |
  10. howie

    drill baby drill !! ?? i can not believe that there is no device in place that would cap off and stop the flow of oil in the event of a spill of failure. another case of oil profits overriding common sense. other countries mandate just such a device, yet we do not, why??? this is exactly why many do not want drilling off Florida's coast, too much at risk at the hands of greedy men instead of wise-men. so now folks on the Louisiana coast can tell palin how that drill baby drill thing is going for them..... no need for butter on the shrimp or seasoning on the oysters.... what a shame that money over rides people.

    April 29, 2010 at 10:05 am |