BP Oil Spill: Facts Speak For Themselves

Thanks to The Week for compiling the following list:

There are over 5,000 barrels of oil spilling into the ocean per day,

President Obama visited Louisiana yesterday and called this a “potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

11 million Size in gallons of the Exxon Valdez oil spill — until now, the worst in U.S. history

12.2 million Size, in gallons, of the BP spill as of May 1, according to an oceanography professor at Florida State University

90 Days it will likely take to cap the leak according to industry estimates

1 million Gallons per day of oil currently leaking from the sunken BP rig

94 million Ultimate size of spill, in gallons, if that rate continues for 90 days

6.8 million Gallons per day BP predicts could begin gushing out of the well in the “worst-case scenario” of a complete “blowout” at the sunken rig

378 million Total spill size, in gallons, if this “worst case scenario” leak-rate were to continue for 90 days — or 34 times the size of the Valdez spill

400 Species of animals at risk for being harmed by the spill

1,050 Estimated size of the oil slick, in square miles, on April 29th

3,850 Estimated size of the oil slick, in square miles, on April 30th (the latest such estimate)

7,000 Square miles of federal fishing areas in the Gulf that are closed due to the slick

75 Percentage of U.S. shrimp production that comes from the Gulf Coast

$7 billion Cost of the Exxon Valdez spill

$14 billion Current estimated cost of the BP spill

$20 billion BP’s loss in market value, following to a 13 percent plunge in its stock price

$163 billion BP’s total profits between 2001 and 2009

$6 million Amount BP has been spending per day on the spill

2,000 Number of people directly involved in the effort to stop the leak and contain the damage, as of April 30

79 Number of ships and other seafaring vessels involved

5,000 Depth, in feet, of the wellhead and the sunken rig

18,000 Depth, in feet, of the oil resevoir

30,000 The number of other oil wells in the Gulf, according to the Department of the Interior

– Jeff Kimball


5 responses to “BP Oil Spill: Facts Speak For Themselves

  1. Michael Forrest

    Well, there you go. See what happened after they passed Obamacare?

    Really, though, pretty darned scary numbers. Thanks for giving me nightmares….

  2. The Destructionist

    I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)




  3. If this is the worst oil spill in history, then why are we not doing everything humanly possible to fix it?

  4. The oil pollution is an environmental disaster. It will take many years, if ever, to restore the ecosystems impacted by the leak.
    But the righteous attitude of the American government, and to an extent, the American people, is not pleasant to see.
    The Union Carbide gas leak in Mumbai in India in 1984 killed 5000 that night and 15,000 more in the following few weeks!
    This poisoned site has STILL not been cleared up after 23 years, and there are many children STILL being born with birth defects every year.
    If it is right that America gets their environmental disaster cleared up then the same should apply to Mumbai where it is people, particularly children, who are suffering and dying from the effects of their polluted land.

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