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BP Oil Spill Size? The 3rd Largest in World History

Source:NewGreenEconomy.com
Country:MEXICO
State:Campeche
Published:6/16/2010 10:12:52 AM
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More than 113 million gallons.That is how much BP oil has spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon, if the new worst-case government estimates are correct (it's not inconceivable: every least-case scenario has proved wildly wrong to date) as of June 16, day 58 of the worst U.S. oil spill in history. It's more than 10 times the size of the Exxon Valdez spill's 11 million gallons of oil.If the worst-case (up to 60,000 barrels per day) is correct, then the spill ranks as the third-worst in world history, behind just Saddam Hussein's Kuwait oil fires, which released as much as 336 million gallons in the Persian Gulf, and the Ixtoc 1 offshore oil spill in Mexico's Bay of Campeche, which released an estimated 140 million gallons. It is likely that the BP spill will soon eclipse the Ixtoc 1 spill, the worst in the Gulf of Mexico, since BP is capturing at most 15,000 barrels a day and won't finish drilling a relief well until sometime in August.Even the new least-case scenario puts the BP oil spill among the 10 worst oil spills in world history, at number nine.Continue reading at The Daily Green » READ MORE


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