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Gov’t Doc Reveals Gulf Oil Gusher Could Yield Shocking 2M+ Gallons A Day

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A leaked document tells a sobering tale of 10x the amount we thought was escaping the ocean floor before…

“The following is not public,” reads the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Emergency Response document dated April 28. “Two additional release points were found today in the tangled riser. If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought.”

Asked Friday to comment on the document, NOAA spokesman Scott Smullen said that the additional leaks described were reported to the public late Wednesday night. Regarding the possibility of the spill becoming an order of magnitude larger, Smullen said, “I’m letting the document you have speak for itself.”

In scientific circles, an order of magnitude means something is 10 times larger. In this case, an order of magnitude higher would mean the volume of oil coming from the well could be 10 times higher than the 5,000 barrels a day coming out now. That would mean 50,000 barrels a day, or 2.1 million gallons a day. It appears the new leaks mentioned in the Wednesday release are the leaks reported to the public late Wednesday night.

“There is no official change in the volume released but the USCG is no longer stating that the release rate is 1,000 barrels a day,” continues the document, referred to as report No. 12. “Instead they are saying that they are preparing for a worst-case release and bringing all assets to bear.”

Also, the following graphic shows what we’re looking at in the immediate future…and there’s no doubt that it’ll be devastating to Louisiana and Florida fishermen.



All we can do now is hope that we can get this under control before it destroys the natural habits of our southeastern coastal region for decades.

  • Jacob

    Is anyone talking about how big the reservoir is. Assuming we can’t stop it, and it all leaks out, what are we looking at?

  • http://www.michaeledits.com Michael LaRocca

    A leaked document. Heh heh.

  • Chris

    Drill baby drill!

  • http://centristcoalition.com/blog/ kranky kritter

    Let’s all hope that the riser doesn’t deteriorate further and that this can be capped soon.

    Oil spills are really nasty. Thankfully, really big ones are pretty rare, but they are without a doubt among the worst of disasters that humans can make themselves, due to the lingering effects.

    I’m sure many folks think that this oil spill “proves” something about energy politics, policies, and choices.

    It doesn’t teach me anything I didn’t already know. Undeniably, at this point in our history we still need vast levels of fossil fuel energy to support the lifestyles we have collectively chosen.So collectively we undertake necessary but risky actions. And we pay the price when we roll snake eyes.

    Sooner or later we’ll no longer use fossil fuel for energy, whether because we run out. or because we turn to alternate sources if they become more efficient.

  • Chris

    I think it shows that with US off shore drilling, the consequences of something going wrong isn’t worth the benefits in money and resources that we gain from it.