UPDATE 4/27! Drill Baby Drill! WELL LEAKING! Oil slick spreads from sunken rig…

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(CNN) — A 1-by-5-mile sheen of crude oil mix has spread across the Gulf of Mexico’s surface around the area where an oil rig exploded and sank, a Coast Guard lieutenant said Thursday.

Update: NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) The well beneath the oil rig that erupted in a deadly blast last week in the Gulf of Mexico is leaking oil at a rate of about 42,000 gallons a day, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The spill has the potential to become significant if left unchecked, although it would take the better part of a year to rival the Exxon Valdez grounding, which discharged some 11 million gallons into Alaska’s Price William Sound.











There is currently an oil slick some 400 square miles in size about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast.

AP – Monday, April 26:  Oil leak from sunken rig off La. could foul coast















The oil is escaping from two leaks in a drilling pipe about 5,000 feet below the surface. The leaks threaten hundreds of miles of coastline in four states, with waters that are home to dolphins, sea birds, and prime fishing and tourism areas.

Eleven people are missing and likely dead.  Several more were injured, injuries ranging from “severe” to “first aid.”  A hundred and twenty-six people have been rescued.

The rig burned for three and a half days before toppling into the Gulf.  So now we’re left with a hole in the Gulf of Mexico, through which 8,000 barrels per day of crude is escaping into the waters of the Gulf (44 gallons per barrel = roughly 350,000 gallons).  In addition, there were approximately 700,000 gallons (about 16,000 barrels) of No. 2 Diesel fuel on board when the rig finally fell over.  The slick is visible in this photo of fire-boats approaching and beginning to fight the fire.













Original release during fire^.

And we should just open up all the sensitive Gulf and Ocean off-shore oil pools to these risks?  I must confess… I have my doubts.


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