NEWS

Friday's Oil Spill Briefing: Twice as much oil might be spewing from well

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

News of the day

1. Scientists working with the federal government say the amount of oil already spewed from the well could be double previous estimates. According to the Associated Press, that could mean from 42 million to 100 million gallons of oil have spilled so far.

2. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who heads the Gulf effort, has asked BP Plc Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg to meet with President Barack Obama on June 16. The announcement comes as U.S. lawmakers increase pressure on BP to suspend its second quarter dividend payments to shareholders.

3. According to the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, some county officials, frustrated by the pace of the cleanup, want to split from the unified response program and coordinate their own effort. They would still want BP to fund their localized cleanup, though.

Number to know

4,400

The total number of vessels involved in the response to the oil spill, including more than 2,100 Vessels of Opportunity -- private boats hired by BP; nearly 500 barges; 130 skimmers and 1,750 other vessels. There are also 64 aircraft involved, according to the Deepwater Horizon Unified Command.

Quote of note

“Everyone’s acting like it’s not coming. But you can see this stuff is insidious.”

-- Mary Wedlake, a master naturalist from Fort Myers, Fla., at Perdido (Ala.) beach