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Saturday, May 01, 2010

what's wrong with unrestricted drilling in the Gulf?

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we told you so

The worst-case scenario for the broken and leaking well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico would be the loss of the wellhead currently restricting the flow to 5,000 barrels -- or 210,000 gallons per day.

If the wellhead is lost, oil could leave the well at a much greater rate, perhaps up to 150,000 barrels -- or more than 6 million gallons per day -- based on government data showing daily production at another deepwater Gulf well.

By comparison, the Exxon Valdez spill was 11 million gallons total. The Gulf spill could end up dumping the equivalent of 4 Exxon Valdez spills per week. ...


[tip o'teh tinfoil to Atrios]

It's another Katrina moment.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

poor whales and marinelife !!

kelley b. said...

poor fishermen and everyone whose livelihood depends on the clean Gulf waters.

You know, the entire costal econmies of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

Not to mention the entire ecosystem in the Gulf if this is really bleeding the equivalent of four Exxon Valdez disasters per week it continues.