Previous worst case scenarios estimated the spill to be pumping 2M gallons of oil a day into the gulf, but new numbers paint a much darker picture.
Here’s how the two leaks shake out…
Leak A: 70,000 barrels a day +
Leak B: 25,000 barrels a day =
95,000 barrels a day
One barrel of oil is roughly 42 gallons of oil…so 95,000 x 42 = 3,990,000 gallons of oil…PER DAY!
Now…let’s remember that this has been going on a month now. That means that nearly 120,000,000 gallons of oil has contaminated the Gulf since this all began.
Let me repeat that…120 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL!
You know how much the Exxon Valdez spilled? 11 million.
So this spill is already 10 times worse than the worst oil spill in our nation’s history.
And next week…hurricane season starts.
More as it develops…
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