posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 12:49 PM
While I'm not going to dispute the potential impact, I will dispute the numbers.
CNN initially reported some 200,000 gallons of oil are leaking per day. Virtually every other news source pegs it at around 5,000 gallons per day.
Still awful, but a bit shy by 195,000 gallons per day of the initial report.
Initial reports were pretty scattered, and I don't think anyone had a correct number. CNN said 200k, One Earth said a million at first, then backed
down to 5k. CommonDreams stated 42k.
BP "Officially" states roughly 5,000 gallons per day. While I'm not inclined to immediately believe them, I do find it more realistic than 200,000
gallons per day.
On a side note BP was only leasing the rig, from Trans Ocean, whom owns it since it's construction by Hyundai Heavy Industries. They are paying for
the spill as a result of them being the ones using it at the time.
It's not the end of the world. It's a -major- ecological concern, but this is not going to be the fiery revelations of doom.
Besides, crude oil is all natural, it's good for the planet! I kid I kid.