Spill panel hits officials for underestimating figures

09/27/2010 | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A pattern of underestimating how much crude spilled from BP's Gulf of Mexico well weakened public trust in the federal government's cleanup operations, according to the White House-named panel probing the incident. The government's final estimates placed the spill as significantly larger than earlier figures. The amount of oil gushing into the Gulf was about 2.4 million gallons per day, compared with the initial estimate of 42,000 gallons per day.

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