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The British Petroleum oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is being called the bad one that analysts have been warning about for years. What makes it so bad?

Experts tick off the essentials: A relentless flow of oil from under the sea; a type of crude that mixes easily with water; a resultant gooey mixture that is hard to burn and even harder to clean; water that’s home to vulnerable spawning grounds for new life; and a coastline with difficult-to-scrub marshlands.

The bigest oil spill most Americans are familiar with was the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska.

The current spill “is kind of a worst case scenario,” Tunnell said.

What makes this spill relentless and most similar to Ixtoc 1 is that it’s an active well that keeps flowing. The Exxon Valdez was a tanker with a limited supply of oil. The rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast may leak for months before a relief well can be drilled to stop the flow, Kinner said.

Though I did see a headline that rare sea turtles were dying and getting washed up on Texas beaches, that is not blamed on the oil spill. As of yet the real costs of the spill are not visible and not mentioned in this article. What can be expected?

Environmental damage along the coast, lost pelicans and seagulls, the fishing industry is likely to suffer the greatest monetary costs, and recreational fishing will also be affected.

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One Comment

  1. I have a sinking feeling that this oil disaster is being downplayed and may be much larger than we think. I wanted to know just how much oil was flowing into the ocean from that broken pipeline (in both barrels and in gallons) so I did some research on my own.

    Barrels vs. Gallons

    Most news articles claim that since April 21, 2010 roughly 4 million gallons of sweet crude have been leaked into the Gulf at a rate of 210,000 gallons per day. But according to an Associated Press article just posted today (What went wrong at oil rig? A lot), approximately 4,000,000 barrels have already spilled into the Gulf. When you convert those barrels into gallons, you end up with a whopping 168,000,000 gallons of oil: that’s a difference of 164,000,000 gallons from the previous estimate!

    (Don’t believe me? Read the articles and convert the measurements for yourself.)

    http://www.examiner.com/x-42484-Environmental-Health-Examiner~y2010m5d12-Toxic-chemicals-used-in-BP-oil-spill-cleanup-oil-to-remain-flowing-through-Gulf-VIDEO

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill

    http://www.calculateme.com/Volume/Barrels(Petroleum)/ToGallons.htm


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