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How much of oil has been leaked into the Gulf New Mexico per day? – BP oil spill

June 6, 2010

We need to know the accurate value of oil leakage

In the previous article —

Can the public be fooled?– BP oil spill

I have discussed that the reported number of barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf of New Mexico were not accurate.  The reported leakage was possibly a fool of public.

Today, it seems the real number of oil leakage were just disclosed. The article referring to the BBC’s interview of BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward has indicated the real oil leakage estimated about 12, 000 to 19,000 barrels per day.  This number is far greater than the initial estimate of oil leak per day, which was 5,000 barrels per day.

Another article from HuffingtonPost estimated that in total 22 million to 48 million gallon of rude oil have been leaked from 4.21.2010 until now. It implies every day, about 0.5 – 1 million gallon has been leaked.

1 barrel of oil = 42 US gallons


Based on the BBC article, 12,000 – 19,000 as a maxim per day. Then, the total leaked oil per day is

Leaked Oil/day (min) = 42 X 12000 = 504. 000 gallons  = 0.504 million gallons

Leaked Oil/day (max) = 42 X 19000 = 798. 000 gallons  = 0.798 million gallons

The HuffingtonPost cited government official’s estimate is somehow close to the BP’s estimate for now. But, the maximum estimate of leaked oil from BP (0.798 m) and government (1 m) is still not agreed between each other. There is 0.2 million gallons gap between these two estimates. For environment , this 0.2 million gallon oil per day could mean a huge difference.


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