Florida gov’t study: ‘Average spill’ estimated ‘between 52 and 182 barrels a year’

Excerpts from a WUSF report on a shocking study commissioned by Florida's House of Representatives on oil drilling:

Shortly before the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf, the Florida House spent $200,000 for a study of oil drilling off Florida's coast which said any spills would be rare, small and easily contained. ...

Charles Barder helped write the 180-page report for the Willis Group. At the April hearing, he said the risk of a blowout was very low. ...

The Willis Group created a model to measure the risk of an oil spill in Florida's territorial waters, if drilling was allowed. The average spill per year was estimated between 52 and 182 barrels a year. ...

At the end of the presentation, Cannon thanked the Willis Group for its "extraordinary great work" and said the committee may continue to call on the company for guidance and further assistance.

Read the article here: http://www.wusf.usf.edu/news/2010/05/31/florida_house_spent_200000_on_rush-job_oil_drilling_study

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