It’s a Start (Oil Spill Update)

Via the BBC:  BP cap captures ‘10,000 barrels’ a day in US Gulf

A containment cap on a ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is now funnelling off 10,000 barrels of oil a day, BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward says.

The amount has risen since Saturday, and implies more than half the estimated 12,000 to 19,000 barrels leaking each day is now being captured.

Of course, that’s still a lot of oil that they aren’t containing—not to mention that which has already spilled out…

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. anjin-san says:

    Better than nothing, but we still have a long way to go. 41 years out, we failed to learn the hard lessons of the ’69 Santa Barbara oil spill. Those who refuse to learn from history are indeed doomed to repeat it.