Deepwater Oil Spill

Jun 13, 2010: BP

Problem: Tanker Delays that may be avoidable will cause  400,000 gallons a day extra leaking (66% More Oil leaking)


  • Spill Rate = 1.6 Million Gallons (40,000 gal) a day
  • Capture Rate = 600,000 Gallons a day
  • Net Leak = 1,000,000 gallons a day
  • Capture Capicity= 1,000,000 gallons a day.



WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Friday it would be July before more tankers are on site at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The tankers are needed to hold and haul away the contained oil from the underwater well that new estimates say is spewing as much as 40,000 barrels a day (1,600,000 gallons a day) into the fragile gulf environment.

Allen, the White House liaison on the disaster, said British petroleum giant BP and the U.S. government need "a unified effort," to deal with the oil spill, despite indications that tensions are rising.

President Barack Obama plans another trip to the area next week -- his fourth since an explosion rocked the oil rig, killing 11, April 20. The rig sank two days later, starting the spill that has been fouling the gulf and coastal areas ever since.

Earlier this week, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he would demand BP pay oil workers lost wages because the administration ordered a halt to new deep-water drilling for six months. After a meeting in Houston, one BP executive said, "The demand is chilling. The administration keeps pushing the boundaries of what we (BP) are responsible for," The Wall Street Journal reported.

White House senior adviser David Axelrod, in an interview, said it would be hard for BP Chief Executive Officer Tony Hayward to "play the victim" after the damage the oil spill has caused.




June 13, 2010: US Federal Govt

"The latest US directive came as Admiral Thad Allen, the government’s crisis response supremo, told BP to have enough tanker and other capacity in the Gulf of Mexico by next week to capture 28,000 barrels of oil a day from its stricken deep-sea well.

He said 15,000 barrels were pumped from a still-leaking cap on the well in the 24 hours to midnight on Tuesday. The crude is being raised to the 18,000-barrel capacity drill-ship Discoverer Enterprise and will be offloaded to other vessels." - http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9e38e194-73db-11df-87f5-00144feabdc0.html [Financial Times]

Please note I had difficulty finding this on White House Blog or Federal Deepwater Accident Site.

Question of the Day: Why can't the government temporarily find more tankers closer than Europe! The added clean up costs in waiting two additional weeks: =400,000 x 14 = 6.4 million gallons of oil. At lease 1 billion additional clean up cost.

Total oil leaked to date 6/13/2010: Around 55 million gallons of oil. This is equivalent to 10% of the total leak to date at stake.


12/17/2014 Maryam W.at American Educational Research Association suggested we update the broken link to the Federal Deepwater Accident Site as that site is no longer functioning. http://www.restorethegulf.gov/

She also suggests the following resources: You can find the article here:

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and its Aftermath
http://krilloil.com/blog/the-deepwater-horizon-oil-spill-and-its-aftermath/

In addition you can find more info on the topic below:

BP Gulf of Mexico Spill, From Disaster to Trial: Timeline
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-02-25/bp-gulf-of-mexico-spill-from-disaster-to-trial-timeline.html

What caused the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon?
http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2010/05/spil-m14.html

After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/i22/Deepwater-Horizon-Disaster.html

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