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BP's Gulf well stems from the Macondo oil prospect, a reservoir located roughly 18,000 feet below sea level, or 15,000 feet below the ocean floor. The prospect was estimated to have contained 50 million barrels before the explosion, a BP spokesman said earlier this month.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/a...he-gulf/57411/
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I mean when they were constructing the well they should have some sort of estimate. obviously if used explosives, there would be some doubt, but maybe they have records of everything put into it/taken out.

as for ikillerzi's 1,137,400,000 ,sounds like a funfact or what-have-you of the country's consumption, not dealing with the well. but i could be wrong

edit: thanks aweir, reps, i been thinking about that for a while. but still, that article dosen't exactly spell credibility with it's "42 gallons in a barrel"
Edited by steven937595 - 6/10/10 at 11:09pm
    
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Originally Posted by steven937595 View Post
I mean when they were constructing the well they should have some sort of estimate. obviously if used explosives, there would be some doubt, but maybe they have records of everything put into it/taken out.

as for ikillerzi's 1,137,400,000 ,sounds like a funfact or what-have-you of the country's consumption, not dealing with the well. but i could be wrong
It's supposed to show that the spill is just a VERY VERY small fraction of the USA's consumption of oil and that MUCH more damage is done to the environment daily. (No I'm not an environmentalist, as a matter of fact i think I'll sleep with the lights on.)
    
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Jesus christ... 2 million gallons and they're doing what to stop it right now? Last I heard, their new siphoning cap thingie was supposed to collect oil on the magnitude of hundreds of thousands of gallons.. not millions
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Jesus christ... 2 million gallons and they're doing what to stop it right now? Last I heard, their new siphoning cap thingie was supposed to collect oil on the magnitude of hundreds of thousands of gallons.. not millions
They can ramp it up to just under 900,000 gallons and are supposed to be building a better one that can siphon off more than that. Still it is leaking at least 300k to 400k gallons a day even with the cap.
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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?
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Even at 28,000 barrels/day it is still smaller than the Ixtoc I oil spill of 1979 in the Gulf of Mexico.
That one was at least 30,000 barrels a day for the first month or so, and continued leaking for 9 months, for over 3 million barrels total.

BTW, 55 gallons for a drum, 42 gallons for a barrel.
Edited by blupupher - 6/11/10 at 11:48am
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Even at 28,000 barrels/day it is still smaller than the Ixtoc I oil spill of 1979 in the Gulf of Mexico.
That one was at least 30,000 barrels a day for the first month or so, and continued leaking for 9 months, for over 3 million barrels total.
Except that the official estimate is now 40,000-barrels-per-day; and it is obviously much more than that.
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Yea, the estimates keep changing, and we really don't know for sure what the Ixtoc spill was. That happened 30 years ago, and the news coverage was minimal, partially because it was in Mexico, partially because there was not the sensationalism of news and the internet like today. And it's impact was limited to the coast of Texas (which I remember going to the beach as a kid and having tar balls all over the place).

While the current one is really bad, and may be the worst yet, it is not the end of the world. Yes a lot of animals will die, yes marsh lands will be destroyed. But they will come back, they always do.
The biggest looser will be tourism, with fishing coming in a close second.
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