BP exec disputes higher spill rate estimates

President Barack Obama — in remarks that harshly criticized the companies involved in the spill — on Friday noted the uncertainty about the size of the leak.

“I know there have been varying reports over the last few days about how large the leak is, but since no one can get down there in person, we know there is a level of uncertainty. But as Adm. Thad Allen said today, our mobilization and response efforts have always been geared toward the possibility of a catastrophic event,” Obama said.

Allen is leading the federal response to the spill.