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Tonight on 360°, another internal BP document raising questions about the company's response to the Gulf oil disaster. It shows BP believes under a worst-case scenario that up to 100,000 barrels, or 4.2 million gallons of oil per days, could leak into the Gulf. Remember when this crisis began BP said the leak was just 1,000 barrels per day. Then it raised the estimate to 5,000 barrels. They've continued boosting that number, as we've been telling you for weeks. Though they've never said publicly that the spill could be as high as 100,000 barrels a day. We'll talk this over with Rep. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, who released the BP worst-case scenario document over the weekend.
There's also the new gaffe by BP CEO Tony Hayward. The embattled leader won't attend Tuesday's meeting of the National Oil Companies Congress in London. A company spokesman cited Hayward's "commitment to the Gulf of Mexico relief effort" for the reason why he won't be there. Commitment? If he's so committed, why did he attend a yacht race off the coast of England over the weekend. Hayward was spotted relaxing in sunglasses and a hat at the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race off Britain's Isle of Wight. His own 52-foot yacht "Bob" was part of the event. Weeks ago, Hayward came under fire for saying he'd “like to have his life back”. Seems he got his "life back" over the weekend.
At one point, Hayward realized his weekend retreat was coming under fire. He ended up tweeting this message: "Gulf response efforts remain my top priority. To assure continued focus, Bob Dudley will support me on this full-time to make it right." Again, we have to question his choice of words: a "top priority"?
Meanwhile, we're tracking the amount of money linked to this disaster. BP announced today the cost of the response to the disaster to date is about $2 billion. That estimate includes the cost of the spill response, containment, grants to Gulf states, claims paid and federal costs. As for that federal price tag, BP received a third bill from Washington today for $51.4 million. That brings the total to $122.29 million billed to date by the federal government.
BP also says it has paid $104 million to Gulf residents affected by the spill. But some are still left in limbo and are frustrated by all the red tape. We'll bring you the story of one man who runs a charter fishing boat business. He's having a tough time getting all the money he says he's owed by BP.
If you're looking for a way to help those impact by the spill. Don't miss Larry King's star-studded telethon tonight on CNN. To donate call 1-800-491-GULF. The phone lines will be open until 2am ET. Actor Robert Redford took part in the telethon. He'll talk with Anderson for tonight's big 360° interview.
Hope you can join us for our live coverage from Louisiana starting at 10 p.m. ET.
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