BP Oil Spill: 2.5 Million Gallons Of Oil Per Day Into The Gulf?

I’ve been avoiding over covering the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for a reason; it is just about everywhere else on the internet already. Don’t get me wrong, this is one of those rare stories that actually deserves the crazy amount of coverage it is getting.

But in the nearly two months since the spill occurred, I’ve noticed that the news hasn’t been getting better, but worse. Yet America seems to care less and less. Now reports are coming out that there could be as much as 60,000 barrels, or 2.5 million gallons of oil, pouring into the gulf every day. So where is the outrage?

Yet again, mass media appears to have failed to do even the most basic fact checking. Initially, BP claimed just 5,000 barrels of oil was leaking out of the broken oil riser per day. But an offshore oil rig at peak production can pump up 20,000 barrels per day of oil per more, and that is in a controlled flow. The broken riser was anything but controlled.

For a month, BP and the government stuck to the 5,000 barrels per day quota. Then it jumped to 10,000 to 15,000 barrels a day. Then it jumped yet again to 25,000 to 40,000 barrels per day. The official estimate now stands at 60,000 barrels per day. That is the equivalent of an Exxon Valdez disaster every four days.

The problem is, at this point, most of America seems to started to move on. Sure, many people are going out of their way not to buy gas from independently owned-and-operated BP gas stations (many of which don’t even get their fuel from BP). But as America’s interest wanes, the numbers keep going up.

Where does it end?

Source: Treehugger | Image: LA Times


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.