posted on Mar, 2 2013 @ 10:03 AM
reply to post by purplemer
I guess that's entirely a matter of opinion, since solid numbers are near impossible to come by. The Wiki version is 4.9 million barrels blown into
the gulf waters over 87 days of uncontrolled, high pressure release.
estimate the flow rates
and sustained release to amount to as high as 8.7 Million Barrels based on a 100,000 Barrel per day release rate.
It's hard to know though, because British Petroleum has done an outstanding job of contracting every single professional and researcher they could
locate, so hiring those same people to find truth which isn't helpful to BP stands as a conflict of interest and isn't legally possible. It's a cheap
stunt they pulled from day #1, but it'll keep those numbers largely speculative too.
13 Largest Oil Spills in History
By sheer numbers .... Deepwater falls into the #2 Worst of all time ...by Government estimates, which would put it at only 210 Million U.S. gallons
lost to the environment. However, again, those suppose a VERY low estimate of flow rate. At the higher estimate, it takes number 1 with a real
distinction. Depends on how accurate the estimates are....and imagine, clean up got a tiny tiny fraction of anything like #2, let alone #1 all time
release. So much is still out there and suffocating the bottom in a mat, as some enterprising scientists have been out there to see.
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