Hard data about the volume of oil, and pressure it is under is unavailable. Clearly, other aspects of this disaster are also being ignored and inconsistantly presented to the public.
For example, if the well casing and pipe is fractured, that is, akin to a split straw along its length, oil is likely to be leaking out into the surrounding sub sea floor and will seep out under tremendous pressure- like a sponge with a hose stuck into its underside. Such a scenario would obviously compound any effort to intersect the well and inject heavy fluid in an attempt to plug it up. There is talk of the US Govt. fearing that the Macondo Prospect could become an "Unchecked Gusher". That means, whatever the volume of oil in that reserve is, it will leak if unchecked until the pressure within levels out. Now, BP hasn't revealed the SIZE of that prospect. Why? Could it be millions of barrels that will spew for years? What if the sub sea saturation from a collapses casing causes a large fissure to open? Is it not possible that whatever that reserve contains, obviously a large amount, most of it could enter the GOM and Atlantic Ocean and cause a catastrophic collapase of the micro sea life at the bottom of the chain on up, calling a massive die-off of marine life world wide?
I am of the opinion, a national emergency should be declared, and a global effort must be called to gather every major company from Scandanavia to Germany to Russia, with experience in drilling to converge on this well and find a way to shut it down before it gets worse. If it is now in fact an "Unchecked Gusher" with multiple vents on the sea floor, our religious leaders must pray, because this has every possibility of being the event that triggers the cataclysmic events that the last book of the Bible say is to occur in the end times.
BTW, how much of the 7920 barrels of "oil" BP says it collected today is actually oil, and not seawater?