SHOCK: Oil Spill Leaking Nearly 4M Gallons Of Oil A Day

SHOCK: Oil Spill Leaking Nearly 4M Gallons Of Oil A Day


Previous worst case scenarios estimated the spill to be pumping 2M gallons of oil a day into the gulf, but new numbers paint a much darker picture.

Here’s how the two leaks shake out…

Leak A: 70,000 barrels a day +
Leak B: 25,000 barrels a day =
95,000 barrels a day

One barrel of oil is roughly 42 gallons of oil…so 95,000 x 42 = 3,990,000 gallons of oil…PER DAY!

Now…let’s remember that this has been going on a month now. That means that nearly 120,000,000 gallons of oil has contaminated the Gulf since this all began.

Let me repeat that…120 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL!

You know how much the Exxon Valdez spilled? 11 million.

So this spill is already 10 times worse than the worst oil spill in our nation’s history.

And next week…hurricane season starts.

More as it develops…

  • The Bear Party

    Drive less baby, drill less –

  • gerryf

    drill baby drill

  • mdgeorge

    It looks like this is getting worse, with oil and gas now erupting from the sea bed:

  • Lee Thomas

    I would be interested in where you are getting these numbers.

    When you look at the pictures do not be fooled into thinking the force of this is all oil. There is a tremendous amount of natural gas escaping with the oil which is making the spills seem heavier then they are when looking at the photos and film of the escaping oil.


    During the Gulf War, the Iraqi military intentionally spilled up to 336 million gallons (about 1.3 billion liters) of oil into the Persian Gulf (map) to slow U.S. troop advances, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    Try to remain realistic. Yes this will be a difficult process but in this case BP is drilling a relief well.

    Let me explain….they will angle drill the well and it has to hit a 7 inch opening several thousand feet under the sea floor. If they are successful and they will be. The relief well will be used to pump special fluid into the shaft and seal the old well.

    BP will then redrill the well and reestablish the field with a new well and a new blow out preventer in place.

    A blowout on the Ixtoc I rig in 1979 off the coast of Mexico spilled 33,000 barrels of oil a day, threatened the coast of Texas, and took nine months to contain. Thats 1.4 million gallons per day.

    I know I must be coming off as aloof in speaking to this. That is not my intention. My intention is to put some perspective on whats happening out there.

  • gerryf

    Cool, OK, I guess we are all getting worked up about nothing.

    Drill baby drill…..

  • robinP

    How do you know that this much is being spilled. This is pure speculation and very unhelpful

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