Oil has been spewing since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 people and sinking two days later. The government shortly afterward estimated the spill at 210,000 gallons — or 5,000 barrels — a day, a figure that has since been questioned by some scientists who fear it could be far more. BP executives have stood by the estimate while acknowledging there’s no way to know for sure.
After seeing the video in the leak, which seemed to shooting out hundreds of gallons a second (200 gallons a second = 12000 gallons an hour = 288000/day), I’m less than confident in BP’s revised estimate (which was revised on day three or four). If they were off, we have to multiply the total by days since the explosion and the new estimates.
Considering the 5,000 feet the oil has to rise, and the natural tides of the Gulf, there seems to be some serious “iceberg” potential in this catastrophe (i.e. We can’t see 90% of the problem).
Finally, when cosidering this news item and your feelings re: BP, weigh the environmental impact of this event vs the environmental impact of all those commercials where BP was patting themselves on the back for being so “green”.