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[Foxnews] update: Up to 2 Million Gallons of oil a day are spewing into Gulf

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Seems they have made yet another typo. The headline reads 2 million barrels a day which would be 42 million gallons a day! That can't be right. It's more like 2 million gallons a day. Either way it's a nightmare.

HOUSTON -- Researchers studying the flow of oil from the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico said Thursday that up to twice the amount of oil previously thought may have been spewing into the sea since an oil rig exploded nearly two months ago.

The new figures could mean anywhere from 42 million to more than 100 million gallons of oil have already fouled the fragile waters, affecting people who live, work and play along the coast from Louisiana to Florida -- and perhaps beyond.

It is the third -- and perhaps not last -- time the federal government has had to increase its estimate of how much oil is gushing. Trying to clarify what has been a contentious and confusing issue, federal officials on Thursday gave a wide variety of estimates.


http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/10...searchers-say/
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Last update I read was that twice the amount of oil actually leaked than what they claimed. That would be between 820k-1643k gallons. So ~3-6 million liters a day.
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Wait, what??? 1643k gallons. That's 1,643,000 gallons which is basically what the article is saying. oops. Now I'm confused.
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Wait, what??? 1643k gallons. That's 1,643,000 gallons which is basically what the article is saying. oops. Now I'm confused.
That is right, gallons not barrels. Barrels hold much more than a gallon...
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That is right, gallons not barrels. Barrels hold much more than a gallon...
A barrel is usually 55 gallons. I wasn't responding directly to you just an fyi for everyone.
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A barrel is usually 55 gallons. I wasn't responding directly to you just an fyi for everyone.
Haha no biggie, I knew it was around 50 gallons so thanks for the confirmation! +rep
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am i the only person who has thought this? ..will it ever just run out???
please correct me if needed, but i thought the well was basically just underground storage below the sea.. how big the well???
    
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am i the only person who has thought this? ..will it ever just run out???
please correct me if needed, but i thought the well was basically just underground storage below the sea.. how big the well???
Nobody knows how much oil the well is able to access, really. Guarantee you that this is a drop in the (proverbial) well compared to what's all out there, though.
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am i the only person who has thought this? ..will it ever just run out???
please correct me if needed, but i thought the well was basically just underground storage below the sea.. how big the well???
I don't think anyone really knows as we cannot even guarantee how much is being vented from the leak.
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1,137,400,000 gallons are used daily JUST in the USA...
    
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