Everything You Need To Know About The Worst Oil Spill In US History

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The oil spill surged back in the news today after reports that BP’s deepwater rig is spewing out far more oil than expected.

Jumping from 1,000 barrels-per-day to 5,000 barrels-per-day has a big multiplier effect on the political and environmental consequences of the wreck.

If the leak continues for 53 days, the spill volume will exceed Exxon Valdez.

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title=”April 21: BP estimates oil leakage at 1,000 barrels per day”
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title=”April 29: After discovering a third leak, government experts increase their estimate to 5,000 barrels per day. BP accepts the new estimate”
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title=”BP has been unable to close the leak using rovs. The next option involves putting a dome over the well head — which could take weeks — or introducing a second rig to siphon flow — which could take months”
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title=”April 30: Leak may be 5x previous estimates — 25,000 barrels a day!”
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content=”15 Drill Crazy Countries That Are Rapidly Running Out Of Oil >>
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