1100 gallons per minute would be an average, but yet generous calculation of the amount of oil leaking in the Gulf every minute! This estimate was given by the EPA
All you have to do is times the 1100gl x 1440 minutes = 1,584,000 average gallons leaking into the Gulf of Mexico ever day!
That's 28,800 barrels a day!
Lets go a little further, shall we. Lets take that number up against the amount of days since the leak started. Day 0 was "4/20". Today is June 11th. To be round about this, lets just say 50 days. So you want to times 1,584,000gl(daily spill rate) x 50 days = 79,200,000gl average gallons of oil lost since the disaster started on 4/20. That is 1,440,000 barrels of oil lost to the sea.
What if this goes another 50 days? = 158,400,000gl lost
The US consumes on a yearly average of about 7.14ml barrels of oil a year. This estimate is provided by www.eia.doe.gov
So really, the only thing we are losing is our Gulf of Mexico is ecology. Nothing that really important!
Or is it?