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BP accused of underestimating oil spill

BP accused of underestimating oil spill
A US congressman has released an internal BP document that suggests up to 100,000 barrels of oil could be leaking into the Gulf of Mexico each day, AFP reports. (Getty Images)
BP accused of underestimating oil spill
This figure is up to 20 times more than the UK oil firm has estimated in public. (Getty Images)
BP accused of underestimating oil spill
The US government estimated some 30,000 to 65,000 barrels are gushing into the sea on a daily basis, killing wildlife and harming the fishing and tourism industries. (Getty Images)
BP accused of underestimating oil spill
The BP spill has been called the largest environmental disaster in American history. (Getty Images)
BP accused of underestimating oil spill
The document was released by Democratic Representative Ed Markey. At the time of its release in May, BP stated that the spill was 5,000 barrels a day and could go up to 60,000 in total. (Getty Images)
BP accused of underestimating oil spill
Markey, who chairs the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, has accused the firm of lying to Congress in order to reduce its liabilities, the news agency reports. (Getty Images)