BP Disaster Plan: Blowout could spew 250,000 barrels a day into Gulf


BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico... filed with the U.S. Minerals Management Service in 2008, Business Week excerpts:

The company listed as its worst-case scenario a blowout in an exploratory well 57 miles west of the disaster, in a valley on the seafloor known as Mississippi Canyon. It's about 33 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Such a blowout could have spewed 250,000 barrels a day, according to the 582-page plan. ...

The plan was posted on the Minerals Management Service website and was incorporated by reference into BP's application with the agency for a permit to drill the Macondo well. The company said in that application that a worst-case blowout from that well could spew at most 162,000 barrels a day. ...

Read the article here: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-05-31/bp-ready-for-spill-10-times-gulf-disaster-plan-says-update1-.html

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