May 14th, 2010
10:16 AM ET

Must-see AC360° video: Oil spill worse than expected

Last night on AC360°, Anderson spoke with Purdue University professor Steve Wereley, who believes the oil spill leak is worse than expected. According to his calculations, the leak could be spilling more like 70,000 barrels per day, not the 5,000 barrels per day that had been estimated before. Watch the video here. Sound off in the comments below.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Gulf Oil Spill • Oil
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Vera

    I thought about hurricane season 1-2 weeks ago. AC – please – do not let anyone at CNN drop the ball on this one. More people need to get reminded daily about the impact the oil spill is and will have......maybe having crude oil raining on cars, homes, lawns, lakes, children, etc will be the turning point...

    May 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  2. Aaron Hargis

    Regarding the oil leak in Gulf of Mexico, I am not getting any news about where this oil is going to end up during hurricane season. Let’s agree it takes another 60 days to stop the gushing oil. This means there would be 10s of millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf during the heart of hurricane season. Will it be raining oil on America at some point?

    May 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  3. Denise

    Good morning Anderson, AC 360 staff and CNN.

    You know what's really sad about this whole situation? The "high-ups" of this company are spending too much time pointing fingers and playing a blame game. Much precious time is being wasted and the oil spill is getting worse by the day. I totally agree that we need to get the Navy, scientists or whomever on this problem and figure out how to stop it. Unfortunately it may cost millions of dollars in clean-up. And millions of dollars in lost coastline and wildlife.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  4. Maria H-Miami

    Like we couldn't guess that.

    May 14, 2010 at 11:13 am |
  5. anrp1957

    After all this calamity. I wonder if the BP oil well is on North American or Mexican Soil? Is the Golfo de Mexico international water ? Who autorized BP to drill in that aerea? it is unbelievable they can't clog that well . I think BP is doing everything to recover the well, but stop the leaks>>All is money!

    May 14, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  6. jovian

    I totally agree with these scientist. As a former High pressure Gas Production specialist there are certain criteria that has to be known to establish flow rates. 1st and foremost is the down hole pressure of the formation..what would be the pressure under the BOP if it was shut closed? Specific Gravity, Viscosity, temperature of the fluids. How much crude oil and how much Natural Gas distillates..ie what is the ratio? The size of the pipe,(inside diameter) that the flow is coming from. The mud logging information should establish the down-hole pressure prior to the Blowout..and an infrared camera on board one of the ROV's can take a thermographic image of the discharge. I do not believe that Methane hydrate ice crystals formed..being crude oil is usually hot when it comes from deep subsurface formations. It is generally accepted that for every mile down into the earths crust an increase of up to 50 degrees F is added to the ambient at the surface. If one does the math and only accepts half of the sum the temperature at the outlet of the discharge would be approximately (+) 66 degrees F. Certainly not low enough to freeze methane hydrates. The first 100 ton dome, less it's buoyancy, was to light to counter the pressure of the blowout. BP is supplying an endless amount of Bogus information. people that are currently employed in the Oil industry are too intimidated to come forward less they be ostracized. For not a better choice of words...The media and the government officials investigating this catastrophe are too ignorant or Naive of the details of the complicated processes of oil drilling and exploration so they are not asking the critical questions. These corporate Titans are having it there way. .The academic community and the Scientist should be allowed full access to the site and the U.S.Navy with it's extensive resources should be in support of their efforts.

    May 14, 2010 at 10:38 am |