Leaked Report From April 28 Shows US Government Believed Gulf Spill Could Become "Unchecked Gusher"

A leaked report from April 30 shows the Obama administration believed the Gulf oil spill could become an “unchecked gusher.” Yet, despite this, Team Obama has not exactly acted like this was the case.


Barack Obama went golfing this weekend as thick blobs of tar began washing up on the Alabama shore.

Al.com reported:


A confidential government report on the unfolding spill disaster in the Gulf makes clear the Coast Guard now fears the well could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of gallons of oil per day into the Gulf.

“The following is not public,” reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Emergency Response document dated April 28. “Two additional release points were found today in the tangled riser. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought.”

Asked Friday to comment on the document, NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen said that the additional leaks described were reported to the public late Wednesday night. Regarding the possibility of the spill becoming an order of magnitude larger, Smullen said, “I’m letting the document you have speak for itself.”

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