The news regarding the BP offshore oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has yet to get better.
Yesterday, BP announced it had spent US$450 million  in its containment and clean-up efforts thus far. This number increased by $100 million between Monday and Thursday.
The total amount this disaster will cost the company is tough to quantify yet. However, it appears clean-up and containment of the oil spill will reach over US$1 billion.
Meanwhile, the company's efforts to contain the oil  that is spewing forth from the bottom of the ocean have not gone according to plan. BP has successfully capped one of the three oil leaks. The company's attempt to cap the largest leak -- a 20" inch hole  --have failed, twice now.
A third attempt to cap the main leak with a containment dome was supposed to take place today, but as of yet no news has been released.
Original estimates stated that the oil was leaking at a rate of 5,000 barrels per day -- the equivalent of 210,000 gallons or 795,000 litres per day.
However, today it was announced that experts, after analyzing data and viewing the new footage  of the oil flowing from its source, believe the oil could be leaking at a shocking rate of 70,000 barrels per day  -- the equivalent of 2,940,000 gallons or 11,130,000 litres per day.
These numbers are absolutely astonishing to the point of being mind-blowing. Once digested, the numbers lead to a set of bigger questions:
Answers to these questions will reveal themselves in the coming days. Let's hope they show our collective wisdom.
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