|Published:||Jun 21, 2010 4:28 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jun 21, 2010 1:28 PM EDT|
WASHINGTON, D.C.-BP now says its costs for the disaster in the Gulf have reached $2 billion but the company's PR situation is becoming an even bigger mess.
A new internal document shows the spill could be significantly larger than BP has ever admitted.
There's new evidence bp MAY HAVE misled the public all along --
"Right from the beginning BP was either lying or grossly incompetent," said Rep. Ed Markey, Democrat from Massachusetts.
Massachusetts Representative Ed Markey released new internal documents Sunday that show -- in a worst case scenario -- the company estimated as much as
100,000 barrels of oil leaking daily. The current estimate is 60,000.
"It was their technology, their spill cam, they are the ones who should have known," said Rep. Markey.
But BP insists the increased figure only applies if a key piece of equipment called a blowout preventer is taken out.
In statement, a company spokesman said "Since there are no plans to remove the blowout preventer, the number is irrelevant."
Officials in Washington ramped up their criticism of bp over the weekend after the company's chief executive was spotted at a glitzy yacht race.
CEO Tony Hayward, spent a day off Saturday watching his yacht compete in the UK.
"He has got his life back, as he would say. I think we can all conclude that tony hayward is not going to have a second career in PR consulting," said Rahm Emanuel, White House Chief of Staff.
Pretty soon he won't be handling day to day clean up operations either. BP recently announced that American executive Bob Dudley will be taking over that
As BP works to salvage its reputation, crews are racing to finish relief wells many hope will plug the well for good.
"Our livelihood depends on stopping the leak," said well site leader for BP Mickey Fruge.
But that's not likely to happen until August at the earliest.