BP wiegelt ab - das kennen wir doch aus früheren Öl-Katastrophen schon sehr gut - und Fachleute sind sich einig:
Die Öl-Verschmutzung im Golf von Mexico ist mindestens um ein zehnfaches schlimmer als 'offiziell' zugegeben wird. NPR schreibt dazu:
" .. There's at least 10 times as much oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico than official estimates suggest, according to an exclusive NPR analysis.
BP has said repeatedly that there is no reliable way to measure the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by looking at the oil gushing out of the pipe. But scientists say there are actually many proven techniques for doing just that.
Steven Wereley, an associate professor at Purdue University analyzed (a) videotape of the sea-floor (and made) a few simple calculations and came up with an astonishing value for the rate of the oil spill: 70,000 barrels a day — much higher than the official estimate of 5,000 barrels a day .. the method is accurate to a degree of plus or minus 20 percent. Given that uncertainty,the amount of material spewing from the pipe could range from 56,000 barrels to 84,000 barrels a day ..
Timothy Crone, an associate research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, used another well-accepted method to calculate fluid flows. Crone says the flow is at least 50,000 barrels a day .. "