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How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?

By Joe Romm on May 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

"How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?"

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Who knows?

But here’s a widget for you to do your own estimate from PBS’s Newshour:

While the conventional estimate remains at 210,000 gallons (5,000 barrels) a day, many experts have said the BP’s undersea volcano of oil may be leaking at rate of 1 million gallons a day (25,000 barrels a day)

BP told Congress the worst case could be even worse:

In a closed-door briefing for members of Congress, a senior BP executive conceded Tuesday that the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could conceivably spill as much as 60,000 barrels a day of oil, more than 10 times the estimate of the current flow.

Wednesday Doug Suttles, the chief operating officer of BP, was quoted saying:

“The rate could go up to that,” Mr. Suttles of BP said, when asked to verify a report in The Times. “It’s not the situation we have at this moment, but it’s not impossible.”

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4 Responses to How Much Oil Has Leaked Into the Gulf of Mexico?

  1. Mark S says:

    Leaked is such a minimizing verb. How about gushed or spewed or emitted or (my personal favorite) vomited?

  2. mike roddy says:

    I guess they caught on a bit. BP’s first instincts were to blame others, lie about the amounts, and express self pity.

    Makes you wonder about the kind of people who manage oil companies. If these are the ones who made it to the top, what are the rest of them like?

  3. Uosdwis says:

    Cool. But horrifying. Maybe add additional figures such as the cost of the lost gas or how many car tanks it is.

  4. Shawn C says:

    How much oil has contaminated the Gulf?
    There’s an app for that!