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58 Days and Counting

The catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is 58 days and counting and what that lost oil could have powered is growing as well.

[social_buttons]A week ago we reported on a calculation by Professor James Corbett from the University of Delaware which showed that, based on the loss of 19,000 barrels of oil a day, the oil could have powered a total of 38,000 cars, 3,400 trucks and 1,800 ships for a full year.

A week later and not only has the oil spill increased but so has the estimate of how much is being lost. Based on an estimate of 30,000 barrels of oil a day the lost oil could have powered 69,000 cars, 6,200 trucks and 3,200 ships.

June 10th saw scientists update their estimate of how many barrels of oil per day were being lost as a result of the oil spill. They’re range increased to between 20,000 and 40,000 barrels a day.

Professor Corbett set up a website that allowed calculation of multiple barrels of oil lost per day. The website states that “…if that oil had been refined to fuel in a typical US refinery, it would have produced gasoline, diesel fuel, and fuel oil capable of powering these vehicles for a year.”

Source: University of Delaware

Image Source: Deepwater Horizon Response




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