On June 14th, a total of approximately 15,420 barrels of oil were collected and 33.2 million cubic feet of natural gas were flared.
HOUSTON, June 15 (Reuters) - A team of U.S. scientists on Tuesday upped their high-end estimate of the amount of crude oil flowing from BP Plc's
(BP.L) (BP.N) stricken Gulf of Mexico well by 50 percent, the second major upward revision in less than a week. The scientists said the "most
likely flow rate of oil today" ranges from 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1.47 million and 2.52 million gallons/5.57 million and 9.54 million litres) per
33.2 million cubic feet of methane equals 5,533 barrel equivalent by volume at the surface.
15,420 barrels of oil and the equivalent of 5,533 barrels of gas were captured on June 14th., for a total of 20,933 barrels., let's call it 21,000
barrels with slightly more than a quarter of it gas.
So with the new estimate of 35-60,000 bbd, there is 14-39,000 bbd going into the Gulf, with 9-10,000 bbd equivalent of gas, and has been for a week or
two with the nearly the full amount for the rest of the time.
Using 9,500 bbd equivalent you get 57,000,000 scf per day of gas going into the Gulf. Using 12,000 bbd, you get 72 MMscf/day.
So if we err on the side of consevativism, we get 65 MMscf per day going in, for a grand total of
3,705,000,000 cubic feet of natural gas
, up to 4,104 MMscf, injected into the Gulf so far.
And that's if you believe the current figures.
When you count the methane hydrates sublimating out unmeasured....no way to scale that yet...and the umeasured sea floor leakage...
Not good no matter how you cut it.