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BP Talks Two Ways on Oil Spill

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Friday, May 28, 2010 - 6:06am

Venice, Louisiana - Disturbing new numbers this morning on just how much oil is in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maybe as much as three times the Exxon Valdez spill.

BP announced it is making progress in plugging the leak when it turns out that is not true.

What seemed like a day of hope turned out to be a day full of misinformation.

"We've not yet stopped the flow. The operation hasn't succeeded."

That was BP spokesman Doug Suttles late yesterday after a full day the company spent talking about progress.

"The teams were working through the night, pressuring up and pumping into the well."

Actually, they weren't.  BP now says it stopped the flow at midnight.  Even incident commander Admiral Thad Allen reported the kill was working.  BP did not say otherwise for hours...

"Over the last 16 hours or so we've been assessing the results of our first top kill efforts, we restocked the vessels that were off shore, and we've developed the next phase of our operation."

And so once again there is anger along the coast.  Something the President will see first hand along with the oil when he visits the region later today...

"My job right now is just to make sure that everybody in the gulf understands this is what I wake up to in the morning and this is what I go to bed at night thinking about."

And there is now more to think about.  A federal task force says the rate of oil flowing into the gulf may have been two to five times what was originally reported. The overall spill is somewhere between 18 and 39 million gallons.  By far the worst spill in U.S. history.

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