BP, DOJ Offer Competing Gulf Spill Estimates

BP and the federal government have offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company's Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion, WDEF News 12 reports. In a court filing yesterday, BP urged U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to use an estimate of 2.45 million barrels in determining how much oil spilled into the Gulf and calculating any Clean Water Act fines. Department of Justice experts estimate around 4.2 millions barrels in the spill. The second phase of the trial to determine how much more money BP and its contractors owe for the disaster resumes Sept. 30.