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  •  I'd guess (4+ / 0-)
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    Fishgrease, Wee Mama, bluicebank, Yasuragi

    you could work out a maximum and likely minimum giving a range

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    by SoCalHobbit on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 06:22:34 PM PDT

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    •  Right... to within 50% or so. (6+ / 0-)

      They could have stuck a pitot tube into the flow for 3 minutes, taken an average of those readings and gotten within 20%.

      That wouldn't stand up in court either. None of this will and BP knows that. I've seen this stuff in court when a remote meter has failed and they're trying to get estimates of flow. I've given depositions on it. The buyer ALWAYS has the upper hand when there's faulty or arguable measurement. ALWAYS.

      BP is the buyer here. They're paying for the oil. They'll pay less if it isn't measured with a sealed PD meter at a shore terminal. I'm not guessing.

      It rubs the loofah on its skin or else it gets the falafel again.

      by Fishgrease on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 06:36:51 PM PDT

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    •  Try taking that to a hearing, or to court. (4+ / 0-)

      It wouldn't get very far.

      BP will end up agreeing to a low arbitrary number since there isn't a good scientifically valid rate calculation.

      I'm no Nate Silver, TomTech, or VoteforAmerica ("WineRev" Eeman, Recounting Minnesota)

      by Tomtech on Tue Jul 20, 2010 at 06:37:53 PM PDT

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      •  Well, their capture is the bottom rate (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm no Perry Mason, but jeez if we know the maximum amount they could collect (which we do .. what was it 25,000 bpd?) and compare that to visuals on that day of the oil still gushing,

        ergo, more than 25K bbl a day.

        I don't think they could get away with anything less.

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