US Government Scientists Double Oil Flow Estimates

Two teams of scientists working for the federal government have upped the estimates of oil flowing from the crippled Deepwater Horizon well again—this time to 25,000 to 40,000, or even 50,000, barrels a day.

In case you're trying to keep track, the earlier team said 12,600 to 21,500 barrels daily billowing into the Gulf of Mexico, and BP's original estimates were a quaint 5,000 barrels.

The Deepwater Horizon well is most likely spewing at least 25,000 barrels of oil a day, and may be producing 40,000 or even 50,000 barrels a day, according to preliminary research from two teams of scientists appointed by the federal government to study the flow from the dark geyser at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.