Published: May 20, 2010 8:30 PM EDT
Updated: May 20, 2010 8:30 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is asking BP PLC to publicly disclose more information about the Gulf oil spill including measurements of the size of the leak 5,000 feet under the sea and air quality.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the White House is writing to BP asking the company to put that information on its website and be more transparent about its response.

BP is under fire as scientists dispute the company's estimate of how much oil is spilling into the gulf. For weeks BP has said the flow is 210,000 gallons a day, but scientists say the amount could be much higher.

A BP official conceded Thursday there could be more. Scientists also are criticizing government agencies for not pushing the company harder to let independent experts take measurements.