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May 20th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

How much oil is gushing into the Gulf?

(CNN) – The pictures are like a punch in the gut. Huge bands of syrupy crude oil are now snaking through the sensitive wetlands off Louisiana's coast. BP officials insist they're making a "measurable difference" containing the catastrophe. The oil giant is buckling to pressure from Congress, now allowing the world to see its live continuous video feed of the gusher at the bottom of the Gulf.

Steve Wereley is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. He was one of the first experts to question BP's estimate of 5,000 barrels a day leaking into the Gulf. He joined us on Thursday's American Morning to explain.

Read more: 'Top kill' is BP's new hope to stop oil

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Robert Haywood

    It's easy to see where this situation is going. Lawsuits,payouts,fines and the costs of cleanups will cause BP to go bankrupt. Then who is left to foot the bill? That's right class UNCLE SUCKER AND THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER. Just like the wall street bailouts, AIG, Fanny and Freddy, and the car companies. Only this time our money system can't stand the strain and collapses. So prepare as you can.

    June 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
  2. hubert

    I find it very hard to believe that they, are still thinking about adding another chemical to the ocean.
    What is this game ?Out of sight out of mind.
    Leave the oil in a recognizable form that can be recovered.
    Once the oil is dispersed and the water can absorb it then all the small organisms will and ingest it,and perhaps we won`t even know when we are swimming in contamination.This will defiantly come back to haunt us if we disperse it.
    I can`t believe that the company on the news wants to force BP to take and use there product ,even if it further complicates the problem.Greed,Greed Greed.Don`t put it in the Ocean,that is somebody elses back yard and home.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
  3. nancy

    WHY was BP drilling deeper then their PERMIT stated? they are totally responsible for this disaster. I do not see where they are hurrying to get it contained. Where's the outrage of the EPA? They have stuff sitting in Texas that will help with the spill, WHY is it NOT being used? Does BP have the EPA in their hip pocket??

    May 21, 2010 at 8:52 am |
  4. Antonio Colorado

    Why isn't President Obama doing anything about this? This oil leak has become actually a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY!!!! Can't anyone see this??? I can' t believe none of the CNN reporters have even thought of this!!! This is like if another country attacked the USA...I can't believe Obama hasn't made this a matter of national security already and taken matters into his hands...This is incredible...and most incredible is that no one has thought of this before...

    May 20, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  5. Kristina

    I watch CNN every morning. I have some comments about the coverage the Gulf Oil Rig Explosion. I realize there is going to be a huge environmental impact for many years to come. But I have seen almost no coverage from you on the 11 people who died in this tragedy. For instance, did you know there will be a Memorial Service for Jason Anderson (my cousin), and driller on the rig that day, on May 22nd in Bay CIty, Texas?
    When a tornado strikes, an airliner crashes or a mine blows up. I see a lot of interviews with the families. Somehow, the victims and families of the Gulf incident have been all but forgotten and let down by the media, and overshadowed by the environmental aspect.

    May 20, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  6. Karen

    Could we have an EARTHQUAKE, in the Gulf of Mexico, due to loss of oil underground. When the oil leaves the ground what replaces it? Water? Does the sand shift?

    Is it possible that it could trigger a huge underwater earthquake (and devistating Tsunami)?

    Just a thought I wanted to throw out there.

    May 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  7. Robyn Knights

    I have to say I think BP is trying its hardest to get the second WELL completed as they know they have really struck it with this WELL that's gushing gallons into the ocean, they don't want to plug or blow it up, its worth the fines to them for destroying lives and environment, they are after all BP (BIG GREEDY PEOPLE)

    May 20, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  8. Robyn Knights

    Will someone please ~ tell the Military and the President to OK it, put a missile into the disaster in the gulf. Blow the hole up. It will do much less damage to our beautiful planet. I picture Mother Earth bleeding from a terrible wound and she is revolting by having earthquakes and floods and fires and tornadoes and volcanoes. Please fellow humans, let us join together and save OUR own Mother Earth. Mine disasters too – once again our Mother protesting

    May 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  9. Linda

    If George W. were in office, he would be mutilated for not acting.

    Obama's lack of action to this dreadful accident is equivalent to the impact Katrina had on land. What is he going to do to save our shores?

    May 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm |
  10. howie

    what are you saying? big business is lying to us? no way!! say it ain't so!!! they should be held accountable for every death of every single endangered dolphin, whale, turtle, bird or fish that dies or is injured as a result of their neglect while seeking higher profits. you can bet any other person would be held accountable if they killed a sea turtle either by accident or on purpose. our government has fined individuals as well as our university's millions for simply running aground on sea-grass. BP should feel the full impact of their actions, cause those of us on the gulf will be for YEARS to come!!!

    May 20, 2010 at 12:04 pm |