New Estimate Shows 4.9M Barrels Dumped Into Gulf Coast

August 3, 2010

BP protestors; photo credit: Infrogmation of New Orleans

U.S. (ChattahBox) – BP is setting out for their final offensive against the oil spill that has been an ecological and economic disaster for the last several months. But new estimates have been released to show just how much of that oil might have been cast out into the water…and how large the scale of damage could actually be.

The Washington Post is reporting that 205.8 million gallons, or 4.9 million barrels, of the crude oil was pumped into the Gulf since last April, when a fatal explosion led to the deaths of 11 people, and the covering of countless sea creatures in the Texas Tea.

What makes this worst is it is an estimate by the government, and there is a full 10% margin of error which is already proving to be a rather conservative (and possibly undervalued) estimate.// <![CDATA[
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“We may never know the exact answer. But as we get more data, you’re able to shrink the uncertainty,” said Bill Lehr of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Accurate or not, there is no doubt that a lot of that oil is still under the water, broken up and eluding collection.


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