By Jim Polson, Lisa Lerer and Mark Chediak
May 5 (Bloomberg) -- Oil leaking from a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico could surge to 60,000 barrels a day if plans to cap it with a containment dome fail, Representative Edward Markey said yesterday after a meeting with industry executives.
“The amount of oil per day could actually rise from 5,000 to 60,000 barrels,” Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, told reporters after meeting with company executives. “Although in a worst-case scenario, the most likely number was in a 40,000- barrel range.”
John Curry, a BP spokesman, said he didn’t have any worst- case-scenario data and could not comment.
BP expects to have the dome in place on the seafloor and trapping oil within five days, Doug Suttles, chief operating officer of exploration and production for London-based BP, said at a press conference.