The flow is now estimated by government officials at 60,000 barrels per day. Don't believe the lower end of the estimates, they are just there to give BP wiggle room to declare success in their containment plans. The plans they had to suspend due to "a fire". As I wrote here weeks ago, while BP was adamant the flow was a paltry 5,000 barrels per day, the flow is at least 70,000 barrels per day. More than an Exxon Valdez every four days. If you are following this thing closely you will no doubt realize the flow rate out of this blown well is not the biggest issue here. They are only measuring from one leak site which is irrelevant knowing the oil is breaching on several sites along the ocean floor.
BP and their government minions will continue to "update" their estimates as they are confronted with undeniable mountains of evidence. So don't wait for BP to tell you it is bad. Don't wait for Obama to "kick ass". It's time the people and the states took responsibility for the God-given natural bounty that is the Gulf of Mexico region and start kicking some ass of their own.