BP - Plan to increase capture to 60,000 to 80,000 barrel per day
I was looking at the live video feed when they were capturing 15,000 barrels per day, and I found the video distressing because it looked like a lot was still pouring out.
Well, now there's a plan to capture 60,000 to 80,000 barrels per day. While it would be nice to capture more of the oil, it is distressing that that much oil per day needs to be captured. Just how much has gone into the ocean?
Amazing that they stood by that 5,000 barrels per day line for so long. We have been doing marine science in school this semester so it was an opportunity to look at the issue deeper and my students had strong probably grounds to believe the 5,000 barrels per day was a lie very early. I guess we ended up looking at it early because I saw estimates of over 20,000 barrels per day fairly early and I had a student challenge me when I brought a figure different then what the media was reporting so we got to look at how these things develop.
On a sad note, I mentioned a couple weeks ago one of my student's father had fallen into the river and was lost. They found his body this weekend. We had grad last Thursday and it brought tears to my eyes how this young man's introduction for grad talk about how important his dad was to him. And his poor mom who walked him in smiling, she looked like she was going to cry the rest of the evening. And I am in a bit in shock. I hire my students to help me with work I need help with and I had arranged on Saturday for my student to come help me with some work Sunday. They found his dad Saturday evening and he didn't say a word to me about it all day Sunday and he was helping me for 4 or 5 hours. I didn't find out until day.