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Professor of Mechanical Engineering Estimates that 4 Million Gallons of Oil are Leaking Every Day

Posted By admin On May 20, 2010 @ 3:56 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Washington’s Blog [1]
May 20, 2010

As I wrote [2] on May 2nd:

The Gulf oil spill is much worse than originally believed.

As the Christian Science Monitor writes [3]:

It’s now likely that the actual amount of the oil spill dwarfs the Coast Guard’s figure of 5,000 barrels, or 210,000 gallons, a day.

Independent scientists estimate that the renegade wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf could be spewing up to 25,000 barrels a day. If chokeholds on the riser pipe break down further, up to 50,000 barrels a day could be released, according to a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration memo obtained by the Mobile, Ala., Press-Register.

CNN quotes the lead government official responding to the spill – the commandant of the Coast Guard, Admiral Thad Allen – as stating [4]:

If we lost a total well head, it could be 100,000 barrels or more a day.

Indeed, an environmental document filed by the company running the oil drilling rig – BP – estimates [5] the maximum as 162,000 barrels a day:

In an exploration plan and environmental impact analysis filed with the federal government in February 2009, BP said it had the capability to handle a “worst-case scenario” at the Deepwater Horizon site, which the document described as a leak of 162,000 barrels per day from an uncontrolled blowout — 6.8 million gallons each day.

Today, a Purdue University mechanical engineering professor – Steven Wereley – testified [6] to the House Committee on Commerce and Energy that 95,000 barrels a day are currently leaking into the Gulf. That’s 3,990,000 gallons [7] – just shy of 4 million gallons – per day.


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URLs in this post:

[1] Washington’s Blog: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/05/professor-of-mechanical-engineering.html

[2] wrote: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2010/05/oil-spill-how-bad.html

[3] writes: http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0501/C-mon-how-big-is-the-Gulf-of-Mexico-oil-spill-really

[4] stating: http://edition.cnn.com/2010/US/05/02/louisiana.oil.spill/index.html?hpt=T2

[5] estimates: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/business/deepwaterhorizon/6985127.html

[6] testified: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/05/19/94467/engineer-oil-spill-videos-show.html

[7] 3,990,000 gallons: http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=convert+95%2C000+barrels+of+oil+into+gallons

[8] Image: http://infowars-shop.stores.yahoo.net/post4rioffe.html

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