Posted by: stiltsville | May 1, 2010

oil spill math

42 gallons per barrel X 5,000 barrels per day = 210,000 gallons of oil per day

And if it takes 60 to 90 days to cap the well?

There could be 12,600,000 to 18,900,000 gallons of oil floating around the Gulf of Mexico by the middle of July. I’d hate to see what would happen if a hurricane were to come through and spread that all around…

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  1. 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 of Mexico 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 below and convert the measurements for yourself.)

    http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gIXWYBTpLtSayJtg41LKXpxSxVPAD9FLHQ8G1

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm


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