With the announcement Thursday that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is the estimated to be the worst in the country’s history, bigger than even the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, a federal group contradicted earlier, lower figures.
The technical team estimated that 12,000 to 19,000 barrels of oil are flowing out of BP’s leaking seafloor well each day, much higher than the 5,000 barrels previously estimated.
The federal team of technical experts includes researchers from across the country, including one from San Diego: Juan Lasheras, an engineering professor at the University of California, San Diego. He declined comment on his work.
Lasheras is one of several local researchers focusing on the gulf since the spill began April 20. Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography are also contributing their expertise to research around the spill.