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Oil spill: four million gallons could leak a day


WASHINGTON DC (WKOW) -- Corporate documents from BP show the worst case scenario of oil flowing into the gulf: could be worse than we previously thought.

Documents surfaced Sunday in which the company warns more than 4 million gallons of oil could leak from the well a day: that's if all the equipment that is restricting the flow is removed.

The current worst-case estimate is about two-and-a-half million gallons a day.

Rep. Ed Markey (D) Massachusetts, spoke out about the leak. He says, "BP has either been lying or grossly incompetent from day one. I think that they have been trying to limit their liability."

Markey adds, "Right from the beginning, BP was either lying or grossly incompetent. First they said it was only 1,000. Then they said it was 5,000 barrels. Now we're up to 100,000 barrels."

Crews in the gulf are hard at work drilling two relief wells, which BP and government officials believe is the best option for plugging the leak. They're expected to finish some time in August.

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