Internal BP Document Released Showing Estimate of 100,000 Barrels (4.2 Million Gallons), Almost Double Earlier Assessments

BP's doomsday scenario was that a ruptured well could gush up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day, according to internal documents released today by Rep.

Ed Markey—a far cry from the 5,000 barrels at which it pegged the leak at the time it submitted the documents to Congress, notes Politico. The scenario is based on the blowout preventer and other equipment having been removed from the wellhead, which the AP notes was never done.

An internal BP document released Sunday by a senior U.S. congressional Democrat shows that the company estimates that a worst-case scenario rate for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be about 100,000 barrels of oil per day.

The estimate of 100,000 barrels (4.2 million gallons ) of oil per day is far higher than the current U.S. government estimate of up to 60,000 barrels (2.5 million gallons) per day gushing from the ruptured offshore well into the sea.