Underwater Oil Plumes–Gulf Spill May Be Worse than Previously Thought


From the NY Times:

“Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. The discovery is fresh evidence that the leak from the broken undersea well could be substantially worse than estimates that the government and BP have given.”

Under the the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), BP’s liability from the spill is limited to $75 million dollars.  The trust fund established under the OPA will cover the rest–until it’s depleted.  Then I wonder who picks up the tab?


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