Built to spill
Deepwater Horizon leak climbs up list of all-time spills
The oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has been spilling into the ocean waters for more than five weeks now. Using the live oil-leak ticker on the PBS News Hour website, you can slide between different estimates for gallons per day of leakage and see in real time how much oil has spilled into the water so far. As of noon on June 1, sliding from the USGS current estimate of 504,000 gallons a day to scientists’/experts’ worst-case scenario of 4.2 million gallons a day, the total amount of oil spilled into the water was anywhere from 20,412,000 to 175,950,000 gallons. No matter which estimate bears out, it seems certain that this spill will surpass the Exxon Valdez disaster, and the Deepwater Horizon is poised to crack the top 10 spills of all time, possibly even surpassing the last big Gulf of Mexico spill (the Ixtoc I well blowout) and taking over number two.<style type="text/css"> </style>
Sources: www.greenpeace.org and www.pbs.org/newshour.